POLICE FACTOR
NAMES   A1     A2     B1     B2     C1     C2     D     E     F     G     H     IJK     L     M1     M2     O     P     QR     S     T     UW     V     XYZ Quick Table of Police Names:  https://policefactor.com/NMPolNames.html See also:  Victim Incidents/Cases     Police - Blue Lives Matter     Locations by City and Names A to Z Indexes LIST V: Click on names below for summaries below this list.   Valencia, Jose     Santa Fe, Detective, Ex-Police Union President, Video/Gun sale to drug dealer; Possible Retaliation/Whistleblow? Vasquez, Mario   Valtierra, Robert     Albuquerque, victim KLUNCK  Varela, Javier    Socorro.  Socorro PD.  Detective.   Bust involving police corruption.     Vega, Angela     Columbus     Vigil, Isaac     Tucumcari, Officer, Dom    Vigil, Matthew Espanola, Chief, Domestic/Child/Witness Intimidation/Felony/Acquitted 2019 Vigil, Robert Espanola, previously of Cuba, Multiple Issues, History of Problems   SUMMARIES   V:  BRIEF EXCERPTS/SOURCES NEW MEXICO POLICE Valencia, Jose (2010) Santa Fe police/Pecos related incident.  Detective. Guns/drug dealer/revealing undercover agent.  Possible retaliation by higher ups for reporting corruption and not participating in cover-ups.   Albuquerque Journal (2012)  Detective sues over firing https://www.abqjournal.com/87650/former-detective-sues-over-firing.html (2010/02/03) https://www.abqjournal.com/news/state/03232436934newsmetro02-03-10.htm Excerpt from Abq Journal (2010):   SANTA FE — A Santa Fe cop may end up losing his badge after he was caught on an FBI tape promising a gun to a drug dealer "who clearly conveyed his intent to commit murder," according to police documents.  Santa Fe police Detective Jose Valencia — who was the police union president at the time the conversation was caught on tape two years ago — was recommended for termination by Chief Aric Wheeler last week, the Journal has learned. The alleged drug dealer is Maximiliano Gonzales of Pecos, whom Valencia has known on some level for years. Valencia has been on administrative leave since October. He also is accused of providing the description of an undercover officer to Gonzales and with making disparaging remarks about fellow officers to the drug suspect, according to state Department of Public Safety documents….But a lawsuit against the city of Santa Fe is in the works, according to an attorney for Valencia who claims his client was the victim of entrapment on the part of "administration higher-ups."    Albuquerque attorney Alvin Garcia told the Journal the actions taken against Valencia were a product of a "retaliation" against his client "for reporting corruption (within the department) and not participating in cover-ups."    "He was warned that things would come back to bite him," Garcia said. "And they have."https://www.abqjournal.com/news/state/03232436934newsmetro02-03-10.htm  Valtierra, Robert (1989) Albuquerque  Real Crimes  (1989) http://www.realcrimes.com/Corruption_Overview.htm www.kaitarquette.arquettes.com/corruption%20overview.htm Varela, Javier    Socorro.  Socorro PD.  Detective.   Bust involving police corruption. KVIA http://www.kvia.com/news/names-of-socorro-police-officers-arrested-have-been-released/55619331 Vasquez, Mario Vega, Angela (2011)  Columbus. Former police chief. Extortion and trafficking arms. Cutting Edge News  Vigil, Isaac (2014)  Tucumcari. NMSP Officer. Domestic Violence. KRQE http://krqe.com/2014/08/15/nmsp-officer-arrested-on-domestic-charges/ Vigil, Robert    Espanola, previously of Cuba. Santa Fe New Mexican 2015/06/04) Espanola Police Chief to probe missing records in drug 2015/06/04--http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/espa-ola-police-chief-to-probe-missing-records-in- drug/article_e4bac0b3-b339-5247-8a7c-28590a58c9de.html  Excerpt from Santa Fe New Mexican-2015-06/04: The family that was the subject of the raid is suing the city of Española and several police officers, claiming they lied in a 2010 affidavit to obtain a search warrant on the family’s double-wide mobile home. The affidavit, citing information from a confidential informant, said the home was being used to manufacture methamphetamine. Some 40 officers, including a New Mexico State Police SWAT team, surrounded the home in the early morning hours of May 12, 2010, and pulled the family out at gunpoint. But police found nothing illegal. The family claims Robert Vigil, the officer who obtained the search warrant, made up the informant.  Vigil had a documented history of unprofessional conduct — including complaints from the public — when he was an officer in Cuba, N.M…. 2015/06/04--http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/espa-ola-police-chief-to-probe-missing-records-in- drug/article_e4bac0b3-b339-5247-8a7c-28590a58c9de.html Vigil, Matthew (2017) Espanola.  Chief. Child Abuse, Witness Intimidation.  Santa Fe New Mexican 2019/04/11   Ex-Española police chief acquitted in child abuse case.  By John Miller. https://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/ex-espa-ola-police-chief-acquitted-in-child-abuse- case/article_84d0136f-3f6c-5edc-988a-97a45c858e37.html Excerpt: A former Española police chief accused in 2017 of striking his 13-year-old daughter in the face with a pair of shoes and taking away her cellphone at Big 5 Sporting Goods in Taos was acquitted this week in state District Court in Taos. https://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/ex-espa-ola-police-chief-acquitted-in-child-abuse- case/article_84d0136f-3f6c-5edc-988a-97a45c858e37.html US News (2017/08/21) Espanola Police On Leave After Child Abuse Indictment 2017/08/21--https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/new-mexico/articles/espanola-police-chief-on-leave-after-child- abuse-indictment Excerpt: Espanola Police Chief on Leave After Child Abuse Indictment. The police chief of a troubled northern New Mexico city has been placed on leave following grand jury indictments on child abuse and witness intimidation. 2017/08/21--https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/new-mexico/articles/espanola-police-chief-on-leave-after-child- abuse-indictment Rio Grande Sun (2017/08/18) Taos Grand Jury Indicts Police Chief.  By Wheeler Cowperthwaite 2017/08/18--http://www.riograndesun.com/news/taos-grand-jury-indicts-police-chief/article_f06979cc-8474-11e7-b112- 775cdcb08120.html Excerpt: With the exception of the battery and interference with communication, all charges are third-degree felonies, which each carry maximum sentences of three years. He faces a maximum sentence, across both cases, of 14 years in prison.   He allegedly threatened his wife, Vicki Vigil, and one of her children to not talk to police and to refuse to testify at court proceedings, following the incident on Oct. 30, 2016. 2017/08/18--http://www.riograndesun.com/news/taos-grand-jury-indicts-police-chief/article_f06979cc-8474-11e7-b112- 775cdcb08120.html 2017/08/03   Police Chief Faces More Allegations Rio Grande Sun 2017/08/03--http://www.riograndesun.com/news/police-chief-faces-more-allegations/article_18bda434-786d-11e7-a971- 3fde46d516cb.html 2017/07/20: City Police Chief Under Investigation 2017/07/20--http://www.riograndesun.com/news/city-police-chief-under-investigation/article_b003b42c-6d56-11e7-9635- c7bbfcb65b28.html updates:  2019/04/29: Various editing; Matthew Vigil update on acquittal/article Santa Fe New Mexican-2019/04/11; Valencia, Jose 2019/04/28 added 2012 article about his lawsuit over his firing-Albuq. Jrnl-2012.
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