Over a dozen officers quit Albuquerque protest response team: ‘They don’t feel supported’

The police department in Albuquerque, New Mexico has a big problem on its hands.

Reports indicate that nearly two dozen Albuquerque police officers have resigned from the department’s Emergency Response Team (ERT) after one of their colleagues was put on leave as a result of their actions at a recent protest.

According to the local KOB 4, the resignations include one lieutenant, two sergeants, and 17 officers, all of whom will remain with the department but will no longer serve on its specialized protest response team.

Another 20 officers were said to have stepped down from the department altogether over the last two months, KOB 4 reports.

“They don’t feel supported”

According to KOB 4, the series of resignations from the department’s ERT stemmed from an incident involving “an armed man” who was said to be “taunting demonstrators.” The man was detained, but says he was never charged with a crime.

An officer was subsequently placed on leave over the incident.

The Albuquerque Police Department (APD) described the situation as a “breakdown in the chain of command,” according to the Washington Examiner. Other officers, however, seemed to place the blame on leadership.

According to Albuquerque Police Officers’ Association president Shaun Willoughby, the situation left officers on the emergency response team and elsewhere in the APD feeling unsupported and “second-guessed.”

“They don’t feel supported here, and they don’t feel trust,” he told KOB 4. “They feel second-guessed, and they don’t feel that they can do their job, no matter how perfect they do their job, without getting in trouble.”

“Morale…doesn’t exist”

Notably, the APD has run into trouble in the past. In 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice found that the police department had violated federal law by engaging “in a pattern or practice of use of excessive force.” As a result, the APD is required to undergo biannual reviews, as the Examiner notes.

Between a lack of support from both local leaders and federal officials, it’s no wonder law enforcement officers are leaving Albuquerque in droves.

“Morale, let’s not even talk about it because it doesn’t exist,” Willoughby told KOB 4. “There is no morale. Your Albuquerque police officers are absolutely miserable at work — nobody’s happy.”

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  1. I do not blame the officers for leaving, surprised they waited this long. If you can’t be backed up by the people you swore to protect, that is horrible. Tell them to call ghost busters, they do not care about you or your life , who will they call , probably you guys. Then maybe they will realize, it’s not easy without help.

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  3. I live a few miles outside of Albuquerque and I agree that the officers of APD are caught in an untenable position with their leadership. ( read lack of support ). Crime is rampant in Abq and murder hit a new high this year according to reports that I have seen. BLM and ANTIFA are there in force and I have witnessed their violent protests while shopping for necessities. Abq is having a huge problem finding city police recruits and certified officers have been leaving the force in ever greater numbers due to the dangerous rules by which they are required to operate and the lack of support they see from leadership.

  4. You can also lay some blame on Maxine Waters, who once again, is telling people to resist police action. She needs to be sanctioned. I’d remove her, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see what the public in her district does.

  5. Agree with all posts! If the police aren’t backed by those they are sworn to protect, why even have a police department? The officers lives are in jeopardy, for just doing their jobs. And yes, Waters should be arrested and charged with inciting rioting, convicted and in prison! Her big mouth will get people killed! She is a very militant black woman!

  6. Actually if all the officers in all the big cities quite and just got out of the way, the “Defund the Police Movement” would totally collapse and probably the radical left’s agenda, but that would take a inordinate amount courage and coordination. First, anybody who was a Policeman, who quite, would be criticized for quitting, by the the left, even though they would be doing what the left says they want, and it would be hard to have them all quite at the same time. I say this because actually the Politicians on the left really want the Police, but they like to run them down, and act like they want to defund them, to further divide Whites and Blacks.

  7. All the cops has to do is just showup for work and sit in their patrol cars unless called by dispatch and even then take as little action as they can. This country, since the evil dems and msm have taken total control has become a disgrace. The SCOTUS along with the biased corrupt FBI and DOJ need a total cleansing.

  8. I truly commend these officers for taking a stand. Now let New Mexico fight it out among themselves. Maybe the Governor, Mayor and legislators can erect a fence around their houses like the one they erected around the Capitol. But then again, if they feel this safe, then they won’t need to erect a fence.

  9. I recommend the democRAT bosses be sent to quell the protesters next time. They can take a social worker along for protection.

  10. Albuquerque is a known lib mecca and there’s absolutely no way I would ever work for one. Let the childish politicians go out and address these issues.

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