An Albuquerque police officer fatally shoots a judge’s daughter, adding momentum to criticism of the Albuquerque Police Department’s history of excessive and deadly force.
Albuquerque police for their frequent use of excessive and lethal force, the New Mexico city is now reeling from its third officer-involved shooting in little more than a month — one that killed the 19-year-old foster daughter of a retired judge.
Police initially spotted Hawkes around 3 a.m. as she was driving the vehicle but lost her in traffic. When the abandoned vehicle was located later, items left inside led police to identify Hawkes and an address for her at a nearby trailer park.
Shortly before 6 a.m., Hawkes led officers, who had set up a perimeter around the trailer park, on a foot chase. “The suspect stopped, turned and pointed a handgun at close range,” Police Chief Gordon Eden Jr. told reporters.
Bullet holes in a nearby wall indicate that Dear, a six-and-a-half-year veteran of the department, fired multiple shots at Hawkes.
Albuquerque officers are equipped with lapel cameras, but Eden said the department had not been able to retrieve video from the one Dear was wearing.
credits to By Matthew Heller