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NAMES    A1     A2     B1      B2      C1     C2      D      E      F      G     H     IJK     L     M1     M2     O     P     QR     S    T   V  UW     XYZ Quick Table  of New Mexico Police Names:  https://policefactor.com/NMPolNames.html 1 See also  Victim Incidents/Cases     Police - Blue Lives Matter     Locations by City and Names A to Z Indexes LIST S: Click on names below for summaries below this list Salas, Max  NMSP (New Mexico State Police) Detective. Salazar, Keith  Farmington.  New Mexico State Police Officer, Drug Ring.  2007 Narcotics Traffic-Distribute/Sentenced/Prison 6 yrs 2008.  See also Deputy Levi Countryman and non-officer Daniel Tarango Jr.  Salazar resigned in 2007 in response to allegations. Salazar, Martin Las Vegas    Salcido, Danny Las Cruces     Sanchez, Allen     Carlsbad  Sanchez, Kevin   Sanchez     Gallup Sandoval, Vidal  Cimarron , Sheriff Deputy, Colfax County w/Ex-Springer Chief Leon Herrera, Fleecing/Indict/Theft/Govt Property/Drug Sandy, Keith  Albuquerque, Officer, APD, Shoot/Kill, Lawsuit/Reinstated, Victim Boyd  Schultz, Ray Albuquerque, Ex-Chief, APD 2005-2013; Taser Contract Issue, Later became Assistant Chief in Texas Sedler, Anthony  Scott, Carroll Bloomfield, domestic violence     Sena, Lucas Santa Fe   Shirley, Jake    Lovington, shoot/kill father    Sholtis, Tom Albuquerque, lawsuit     Simpson, Dwayne     Farmington Area, Officer, New Mexico State Police.  2017 incident/police stop/officer fatal shooting of William Wilson who pulled gun, one of three felons.  Officer Simpson’s badge and vest stopped bullet, bullet lodged in badge.   Solano, Greg Santa Fe, Ex-Sheriff     Stepp, Jennifer Albuquerque     Stinnett, Alfred Clyde Ruidoso, Force/Tamper/Obstruct Evidence     Stout, Glen   Albuquerque, Sergeant, Shoot   SUMMARIES   S:  BRIEF EXCERPTS/SOURCES NEW MEXICO POLICE   Salas, Max (New)  NMSP (New Mexico State Police) Detective. Incident involving Marin in 2009.  2018-Filed Appeals 10th Circuit-No. 16-2225 (D.C. No. 1:12-CV-00448-KG-KKcase includes Max Salas: MARIO D. MARIN; REYES MARIN, Plaintiffs - Appellants,  v. GARY KING, Attorney General of New Mexico, individually; STEVEN S. SUTTLE, Assistant Attorney General of New Mexico, individually; HEATHER FERGUSON GREENHOOD; PATRICIA FEESER NORRIS, D.V.M.,Defendants - Appellees. https://www.ca10.uscourts.gov/opinions/16/16-2225.pdf Albuq. Journal 2016: Ranchers settle lawsuit in rooster slaughter. Reyes and Mario Marin alleged in the lawsuit that New Mexico State Police agent Max Salas, along with other local and state officials, violated their constitutional rights by seizing about 435 roosters and chickens from the Marins’ ranch in San Juan County on May 4, 2009. https://www.abqjournal.com/810551/ranchers-settle-lawsuit-in-rooster-slaughter-2.html Salazar, Keith      Farmington.  New Mexico State Police Officer, Drug Ring. Incident 2007/Narcotics Traffic-Distribute/Sentenced/Prison 6 yrs 2008.  See also Deputy Levi Countryman and non-officer Daniel Tarango Jr.  Salazar resigned in 2007 in response to allegations.  The indictment accused the three men of working together to traffic and distribute narcotics during much of 2007.  Sheriff Christesen applied extra pressure on FBI to catch them. Albuquerque Journal (2008/12/10)  NM Ex-agents Each Get 6 Years in Prison.  By Tim Korte. https://www.abqjournal.com/news/state/apprison12-10-08.htm Excerpt:   Two former San Juan County law enforcement agents who worked on a narcotics task force each received six-year prison sentences Wednesday for their roles in a drug distribution ring.  Former state police Officer Keith Salazar and former San Juan County sheriff's Deputy Levi Countryman each pleaded guilty earlier this year to a charge of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. Prosecutors commended the FBI for cracking the case.  U.S. Attorney Greg Fouratt said Salazar and Countryman were paid by drug dealers for sharing closely held police information, including the identities of confidential informants and officers working undercover. By doing so, they endangered the lives of law enforcement colleagues.  "In a way, this sentencing is bittersweet," Fouratt said. "You have police officers who are going on the payroll of violent drug traffickers and exchanging sensitive law enforcement information for money."   U.S. District Judge James Browning also ordered five years of supervised release after the men complete their prison terms.  A third man wanted in the case, Daniel Tarango Jr., remains a fugitive. The FBI has said he is armed and dangerous. Salazar and Countryman were assigned to the Region II Narcotics Task Force established to reduce narcotics use, sales and trafficking in San Juan County, according to an indictment.  The indictment accused the three men of working together to traffic and distribute narcotics during much of 2007.  Salazar resigned last year after being confronted with the allegations. Sheriff's officials have said Countryman left the department in 2004. https://www.abqjournal.com/news/state/apprison12-10-08.htm Stop the Drug War (2007/12/07) Cops charged in drug case 12/7/07 10 pm: Cops charged in drug case.  From Stop the Drug War: “Federal agents today took down two former law officers accused of using insider information to form a large drug ring. Tonight former San Juan County sheriff's Deputy Levi Countryman and former New Mexico State Police Officer Keith Salazar are locked up.  According to a federal indictment, Salazar is the key person in the case.”  http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/2007/dec/07/law_enforcement_weeks_corrupt_co See also Borderland Beat Salazar, Martin  (2009) Las Vegas, NM. Watch for Antics   Although cleared at time of striking a woman Bernadette Varela being put in prison, DA’ Richard Flores’ approach to case seems suspicious. Jailers were witnesses to the abuse.  This case should probably be looked into in more detail. Find a Case dot com: Investigation clears Las Vegas NM officer of criminal wrongdoing. (2011) 2011--http://nm.findacase.com/research/wfrmDocViewer.aspx/xq/fac.20110422_0000525.DNM.htm/qx    https://www.abqjournal.com/13819/investigation-clears-las-vegas-n-m-police-officer-of-criminal-wrongdoing.html 2011--http://nm.findacase.com/research/wfrmDocViewer.aspx/xq/fac.20110422_0000525.DNM.htm/qx Albuquerque Journal (2009/07/17) Investigation clears Las Vegas NM police officer of criminal wrongdoing. By staff. https://www.abqjournal.com/13819/investigation-clears-las-vegas-n-m-police-officer-of-criminal-wrongdoing.html Salcido, Danny (2014-2015)  Officer. Las Cruces.  Looks like holding cell brutality with severe physical injuries including fractured skull, brain hemorrhage, broken ribs and multiple contusions. Victim Flynn. Cop Block 2015/03/09  Las Cruces man threatens to sue city for $12.5 million over police brutality. Excerpt From Cop Block (03/09/2015): Las Cruces man threatens to sue city for $12.5M over police brutalityThe video clearly shows Las Cruces police officers – Danny Salcido and Richard Garcia – rushing into Flynn’s holding cell and attacking him. The Lahann Law Firm representing Flynn say that Salcido and Garcia beat their client so  badly he sustained multiple injuries including a fractured skull, a brain hemorrhage, broken ribs and multiple contusions. Flynn’s attorneys filed a 12 million dollar lawsuit on Thursday (March 6th) against the city and several officers involved. https://www.copblock.org/114550/video-las-cruces-nm-cops-lie-costly/ Las Cruces News (2016/06/2) Ex-LCPD officer trial alleged cell beating http://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/local/courts/2016/06/27/ex-lcpd-officer-trial-alleged-cell-beating/86454838/ (07/01/2016) Another Deadlocked Jury/Mistrial in New Mexico http://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/local/courts/2016/07/01/mistrial-declared-ex-police-officers-trial/86613902/ Sanchez, (first name?) (2001) Gallup. False arrest issue of Emily Ellison. $50,000 settlement.  See also Byers. https://www.prisonlegalnews.org/news/2007/may/15/new-mexico-50000-settlement-for-false-arrest-unconstitutional-strip-search/ Sanchez, Allen. (2015) Carlsbad.  (2015/09/08) KRQE. Carlsbad Officer makes plea on facebook to end police killings. By Cheyenne Cope http://krqe.com/2015/09/08/carlsbad-officer-makes-plea-on-facebook-to-end-police-killings/ Excerpt from KRQE (Cheyenne Cope, 09/08/2015): He believes violence against police is getting worse, pointing to the 24 law enforcement officers who have been shot to death in the U.S. just this year. One being the ambush of Deputy Darren Goforth in Houston who was pumping gas at the time.  “And the guy comes up behind him and just starts shooting him, even while he’s down just keeps shooting rounds at his body and there’s just no need for that you know,” said Sanchez. Detective Allen Sanchez is a long-time veteran at the Carlsbad Police Department…Detective Sanchez has been with the Carlsbad Police Department for 15 years. He says when he first joined the force he only knew one officer who had ever been involved in a shooting.After a string of deadly ambushes on police officers around the country, a New Mexico police officer is taking to Facebook to let everyone know what it’s like to be a cop…It just bothered me just to see that people would target us because they have an opinion of us and they lump us all together and I just don’t think it’s right,” said Sanchez.He ended his post by asking the bad guys to give officers a break and to stop taking the lives of his brother and sisters.He adds, “If you need a friend or an ear, even a sincere embrace, i’m here for you. Talk to me. Before you make the choice to take one of us out of spite. I love you. Let me prove it to you. Let’s stop all this nonsense.”  Detective Sanchez says the post has gotten quite a bit of attention with people applauding him for his words and praying for his safety. http://krqe.com/2015/09/08/carlsbad-officer-makes-plea-on-facebook-to-end-police-killings/ Sanchez, Kevin  new to list 2019/07/24 updates in process  Sandoval, Vidal (2015)  Cimarron and Springer areas, Colfax County.  See also Leon Herrera.  Deputy. Crime with help of Police Chief Leon Herrera.   Albuquerque Journal (2015/10/16) Albuquerque Journal.  By Scott Sandlin. 2015/10/16--https://www.abqjournal.com/661096/ex-springer-police-chief-pleads-guilty-to-helping-deputy-steal-from- officers-posing-as-drug-couriers.html Excerpt from Abq Journal-2015/10/16-By Scott Sandlin: Sting operation found him aiding, abetting drug trafficking….Ex- Springer chief Leon Herrera, in his plea agreement Thursday, acknowledged that he pretended to be a federal Drug Enforcement Administration officer to help deputy Vidal Sandoval persuade the faux drug couriers to hand over money from their car. Excerpt from Justice dot gov-2016-07/13: Vidal Sandoval, 46, of Cimarron, N.M., pleaded guilty this morning to a superseding indictment charging him with drug trafficking and theft of government property charges.  Sandoval was a Deputy of the Colfax County Sheriff’s Department at the time he committed the crimes.  The guilty plea was entered without the benefit of a plea agreement. Santa Fe New Mexican (2016/07/13) Former Colfax County deputy who fleeced feds pleads guilty 2016/07/13--http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/former-colfax-county-deputy-who-fleeced-feds-pleads- guilty/article_f5343270-a044-54da-81e6-42d81bea66bf.html Excerpt Santa Fe NM-2016/07/13: Federal prosecutors charged the acquaintance, Leon Herrera, 37, with impersonating a federal agent. Herrera, formerly the police chief of Springer, pleaded guilty in October 2015. A judge sentenced him to one year of probation and 250 hours of community service. 2016/07/13--http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/former-colfax-county-deputy-who-fleeced-feds-pleads- guilty/article_f5343270-a044-54da-81e6-42d81bea66bf.html Justice dot gov (2016/07/13)  Former Colfax County Sheriff’s deputy pleads guilty federal drug 2016/07/13--https://www.justice.gov/usao-nm/pr/former-colfax-county-sheriff-s-deputy-pleads-guilty-federal-drug- trafficking-and-theft Sandy, Keith (2009) Albuquerque.  Officer.  In connection with James Boyd.  See also Dominque Perez KRQE (2017/07/18) Federal officials close investigation into death of James Boyd  2017/07/18--http://krqe.com/2017/07/18/federal-officials-close-investigation-into-death-of-james-boyd/ (2017/06/05) APD confirms reinstatement of officer involved in James Boyd shooting 2017/06/05--h/ttp://krqe.com/2017/06/05/apd-confirms-reinstatement-of-officer-involved-in-james-boyd-shooting/ (2014/10/07) Boyd shooter welcome to rop mistakes now cease to exist 2014/10/07--krqe.com/2014/10/07/boyd-shooter-welcome-to-rop-mistakes-now-cease-to-exist/ Albuquerque Journal (2017/02/24)  DA to make announcement in Perez-Sandy case. 2017/02/24--https://www.abqjournal.com/956897/da-to-make-announcement-in-perez-sandy-case.html 2016/10/11--https://www.abqjournal.com/864931/jury-in-perezsandy-murder-trial-resume-deliberations.html Public Health New Mexico (2016/12/19)  Juror talks James Boyd and empathy 2016/12/19--http://publichealthnm.org/2016/12/19/juror-talks-james-boyd-and-empathy/ (2016/10/13)  Law enforcement turns out in force for APD protest 2016/10/13--http://publichealthnm.org/2016/10/13/law-enforcement-turns-out-in-force-for-apd-protest/ Schultz, Ray  Albuquerque.  Ex-Police Chief APD, left in 2013 with “mixed legacy.” Became police chief elsewhere-Memorial Villages PD near Houston, Texas..  Left in 2013. In connection with Sam Costales.  Taser issues. New Mexico In-Depth (2017/03/24) Competitor Abq rigged new body cam agreement for taser 2017/03/24--http://nmindepth.com/2017/03/24/competitor-abq-rigged-new-body-cam-agreement-for-taser/ (2016/01/14) Subpoenas offer first glimpse in ags probe of former abq police chief 2016/01/14--http://nmindepth.com/subpoenas-offer-first-glimpse-in-ags-probe-of-former-abq-police-chief/ The Guardian. (2015/05/01)  New Mexico police chief albuquerque taser 2015/05/01--https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/may/01/new-mexico-police-chief-albuquerque-taser New Mexico Political Report (2015/04/30)  State Auditor and taser contracts likely violated city law 2015/04/30--http://nmpoliticalreport.com/3300/state-auditor-apd-taser-contracts-likely-violated-state-city-law/ KRQE (2015/02/09) Former APD Chief Ray Schultz lands new job 2015/02/09--http://krqe.com/former-apd-chief-ray-schultz-lands-new-job/ Albuquerque Journal (2013/07/29)  Albuquerque Police Chief leaves with mixed legacy 2013/07/29--https://www.abqjournal.com/227488/albuquerque-police-chief-leaves-with-mixed-legacy.html (2013/07/25,29) 2013/07/25,29--https://www.abqjournal.com/225396/apd-chief-blasted-for-comment-on-officers-affairs.html Scott, Carroll  (2016) Bloomfield. Lieutenant.  Domestic violence. Scott, 45, was charged Thursday in Aztec Magistrate Court with one count of battery on a household member, a misdemeanor. Daily Times (2016/01/14) http://www.daily-times.com/story/news/crime/2016/01/14/bloomfield-cop-jailed-domestic-abuse-charges/78805802/ Sena, Lucas 02/17/2017 Santa Fe KOAT Former Officer Charged In Fatal Crash In Santa Fe:  Lovato Passenger In Car Involved In Fatal Hit-And-Run https://www.koat.com/article/former-officer-charged-in-fatal-crash-in-santa-fe/5030452 KOB Santa Fe Officer involved in fatal pedestrian crash http://www.kob.com/new-mexico-news/santa-fe-officer-involved-in-fatal-pedestrian-crash/4403557/?cat=504 Shirley, Jake (2008) Lovington Former Lea County officer kills his own father. Police One (2008/07/5) Officer Misconduct internal affairs/Ex-Lovington Officer charged with murder https://www.policeone.com/officer-misconduct-internal-affairs/articles/1709898-Ex-Lovington-officer-charged-with- murder  Excerpt: According to state police, the Lovington Police Department responded to the home of Jimmy Shirley, 48, on Thursday night after getting multiple 911 calls regarding a domestic violence incident. Police found the elder Shirley with a gunshot wound to the head. He was taken to Lea County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.  investigators said Jimmy Shirley and his wife, Brenda, had been arguing at their son's home so Jake Shirley took his mother home. The elder Shirley followed and became angry when he was locked out. He allegedly broke in and hit his wife in the face, and police said that's when he was shot. https://www.policeone.com/officer-misconduct-internal-affairs/articles/1709898-Ex-Lovington-officer-charged-with- murder/ Sholtis, Tom (10/31/2001)  Albuquerque.  Officer.  Violence. Real Crimes Excerpt from Real Crimes Corruption Overview: Off-duty Albuquerque police officer, Tom Sholtis, encountered Deena Tanberg, (the wife of an Albuquerque FBI agent), chatting with a woman friend in a public park after hours.  Sholtis ordered the two women to come toward him, and when they didn’t instantly comply, Sholtis  “violently slammed Deena Tanberg to the ground, fracturing her arm and causing her ligament damage.” The audiotape from Officer Sholtis’s belt-mounted recorder reflects that he grabbed Deena and broke her arm within 20 seconds of first encountering her, before she had even determined that Sholtis was, indeed, a law enforcement officer. Caselaw (2005/03/16) 2005/03/16--http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-10th-circuit/1279255.html Morelaw (2003/04/14) Davis v. Albuquerque and Tom Sholtis 2003/04/14--http://www.morelaw.com/verdicts/case.asp?n=Unknown&s=NM&d=24519Oscar Davis v. Albuquerque, New Mexico and Tom Sholtis Amarillo (2003/04/14) 2003/04/14--http://amarillo.com/stories/041403/usn_abq.shtml#.Wlaj3KinHzU Real Crimes http://www.realcrimes.com/Corruption_Overview.htm Simpson, Dwayne  Farmington area, Officer, New Mexico State Police.  2017 fatal shooting by Officer Simpson, William Wilson killed and was one of three felons at the police stop.  He is reported to have pulled a gun while handcuffed.  Officer Simpson’s badge and vest stopped bullet, bullet lodged in badge. KOB (2017/10/03) Bullet strikes badge after Farmington officer-involved shooting http://www.kob.com/new-mexico-news/farmington-officer-involved-shooting-william-wilson/4604493/ New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez shared a photograph of the bullet that struck a New Mexico State Police officer's badge in a shootout with a suspect last month in Farmington. Police discovered three wanted felons in a truck during a traffic stop. Police say officer Dwayne Simpson was shot in the chest by suspect William Wilson. His vest and badge stopped the bullet from doing any damage.  The bullet is still lodged in the badge. Wilson was killed in the shootout. http://www.kob.com/new-mexico-news/farmington-officer-involved-shooting-william-wilson/4604493/ Solano, Greg  Santa Fe. Former Santa Fe County sheriff.  Stole office equipment and sold on Ebay. Cutting Edge (2011/10/06) 2011/10/06--http://www.thecuttingedgenews.com/index.php?article=52865  Excerpt from Cutting Edge-2011/10/06: The deputy is fired but not before a video showing the confrontation gets ample play on the Internet. In separate trials last month, an Albuquerque cop gets six months in jail for tipping off a friend who was the subject of a federal drug investigation, while a former Santa Fe County sheriff begins serving a three-month jail sentence for stealing department equipment and peddling it on E-Bay.“I got greedy,” former Sherriff Greg Solano was quoted, as he prepared to hunker down in the hoosegow.  Later regrets backing DWI seizures. 2011/10/06--http://www.thecuttingedgenews.com/index.php?article=52865  Santa Fe New Mexican (2015/09/01) After personal battle ex-Sheriff Solano regrets backing DWI seizure 2015/09/01--http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/after-personal-battle-ex-sheriff-solano-regrets- backing-dwi-seizure/article_290cbc0f-6483-51d6-b39f-5d2651e9815f.html  KOAT (2011/01/20)  Police Ex-Sheriff arrested for selling county’s bullet-proof vests 2011/01/20--http://www.koat.com/article/police-ex-sheriff-arrested-for-selling-county-s-bullet-proof-vests/5035306 Stepp, Jennifer. (2013) Albuquerque.  Officer. In connection with Marlene Tapia case involving anal probing and lawsuit. The Blaze (2013/11/26) After anal probing controversy another lawsuit in NM alleges shocking police abuse like torture http://www.theblaze.com/news/2013/11/26/after-anal-probing-controversy-yet-another-lawsuit-in-new-mexico-alleges- shocking-police-abuse-tantamount-to-torture/ See also Victim Incidents/Cases Stinnett, Alfred Clyde (2001) Ruidoso. Justice dot gov (2003/01/03) https://www.justice.gov/archive/opa/pr/2003/January/03_crm_006.htm Excerpt from Justice dot gov:  Department was indicted today on charges of assaulting an individual in the custody of the Ruidoso Police Department, the Justice Department and the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico announced today.  The three count indictment, returned in U.S. District Court in New Mexico today, charges that in November of 2001 defendant Alfred Clyde Stinnett slammed Susanne DiPaolo, an individual in police custody, to her cell floor while she was handcuffed. The indictment also alleges that former police officer Stinnett obstructed justice by submitting misleading information to investigators and tampering with a witness. https://www.justice.gov/archive/opa/pr/2003/January/03_crm_006.htm Stout, Glen (2016) Albuquerque.  Police sergeant.  In association with Lt. Greg Brachle and Jacob Grant shooting/injury case.  Albuquerque Free Press (2016/01/13) (Abq Free Press 01/13/2016) Updates 2019/07/2 Anthony Sedler added to list; 2019/07/24 Kevin Sanchez added to list