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NAMES (Last Name Letter)  A1     A2     B1     B2     B3     C1     C2     C3     D1     D2      E      F      G1     G2     H1     H2     IJK     L     M1     M2     M3     N    O     P     QR     S     T     W     UVXYZ LIST A1 Ackerman-Anders       A2  Armijo to Avila  (here)  --  Click on names below for summaries below this list   Armijo Anthony/Espanola       Armijo Ernest (Chris)/Vaughn       Armijo Leonard/Bernalillo       Arredondo David/Deming       Artis Jeremy/Hobbs  Atencio Cory/Espanola       Avila Greg/Albuquerque    A SECTION, Tables and Related Information Table A1-A2       Table all names of New Mexico police on this website:  https://policefactor.com/NMPolNames.html1 See also   Victim Incidents/Cases     Police - Blue Lives Matter     Locations by City and Names A to Z Indexes SUMMARIES  A2:   BRIEF EXCERPTS/SOURCES NEW MEXICO POLICE Armijo Anthony, Espanola/Previous Rio Arriba Co, Espanola PD/Officer-former Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Deputy,Hit Pedestrian-Officer Armijo found Not Guilty-possible police brutality w/Greg Esparza seems cleared-Spat w/Cory Atencio- internal affairs investigation-See Greg Esparza/Cory Atencio, 2016/11/22 Rosalia Martinez hit by officer’s car sues city/police dept.-,Rio Grande Sun-2017/02/20-2017/02/09 November 22, 2016 pedestrian hit incident on Paseo de Onate Watch for Antics   Possible suspicious private Investigation into Greg Esparza with Armijo present at incident Articles Rio Grande Sun November 22, 2016 incident on Paseo de Onate (2017/02/20) Woman hit by officer sues city, police department.  By Jennifer Garcia. 02/20/2017--http://www.riograndesun.com/news/woman-hit-by-officer-sues-city-police- department/article_794a7aae-f783-11e6-9caa-9f84a71bad92.html Incident involving Rosalia Martinez: Excerpt:   A woman injured after being hit by an Española Police officer’s vehicle while crossing the street, is suing the Española Police Department.  Attorney Kimberly Brusuelas, of the Fifth Street Law Offices in Albuquerque, sent a letter addressed to the Española Police Department Administration, dated Jan. 12, giving them notice of a tort claim and demanding evidence be preserved.  Paralegal Courtney Johnson of Fifth Street Law Offices said Brusuelas helped Rosalia Martinez file the initial notice and demand, but is not representing her.On Jan. 23, Santa Fe-based Attorney Peter Culbert sent a notice to Mayor Alice Lucero, informing her that Martinez was giving notice to the city that she was filing a tort claim, after the Nov. 22 incident on Paseo de Oñate, involving Officer Anthony Armijo…He said Armijo saw the couple, who was hesitating to cross the road, and he went left, to avoid striking them directly, as they crossed. As a result, Armijo collided with the center median and a tree, but not before clipping the woman with the passenger side mirror of his Ford Expedition. 02/20/2017--http://www.riograndesun.com/news/woman-hit-by-officer-sues-city-police- department/article_794a7aae-f783-11e6-9caa-9f84a71bad92.html 2017/02/09 Investigation clears city officer [Greg Esparza] 02/09/2017--http://www.riograndesun.com/news/cops_courts/investigation-clears-city- officer/article_481827d4-eee5-11e6-b557-b3bb841ab3dd.html Issue involving Greg Esparza: Excerpt from photo area:  Española Police Officer Greg Esparza throws Virginia Valdez to the ground, June 6, in a still shot taken from Officer Anthony Armijo’s lapel video camera. Valdez, driving her van, was accused, by Armijo, of stealing it, following a shoplifting incident involving her relatives. While Valdez screamed that she could not get on her knees, Esparza approached and threw her to the ground. Issue involving Cory Atencio: Excerpt:  However, the contract for the internal affairs investigation into the spat between officers Cory Atencio and Anthony Armijo cost $4,292, including Gross Receipts Tax and expenses. (2016/11/14) Shots fired during car chase From Rio Grande Sun 11/14/2016: Former Rio Arriba County Sheriff's deputy and current Española Police Officer Anthony Armijo fired shots at a vehicle on Saturday, after a chase ensued. New Mexico State Police are investigating the incident 2016/11/14--http://www.riograndesun.com/news/cops_courts/shots-fired-during-car- chase/article_d3e5eb96-aa81-11e6-9407-d35772c3b8e4.html  Armijo Ernest (Chris),  Vaughn, Vaughn PD/Police Chief, (2012)  Multiple Issues,  Felony conviction in Texas.  Our Tax Dollars At Work-2012/09/27;  New York Daily News-2012/09/27 Articles   Our Tax Dollars At Work 2012/09/27 Vaughn New Mexico’s Police Force Has One Certified Police Officer – A Drug Sniffing Dog – Police Chief Ernest “Chris” Armijo Quits After News Stories About His Not Being Able To Carry A Gun Because Of Criminal Background – Owes Tens Of Thousands In Child Support And Faces New Felony Charges https://ourtaxdollarsatwork.wordpress.com/?s=ernest+armijo Excerpt from Our Tax Dollars at Work:  The police chief of the small eastern New Mexico town of Vaughn resigned Wednesday, leaving the town with just one certified member on its police force — a drug-sniffing dog named Nikka.  Dave Romero, attorney for the town, said Wednesday that police Chief Ernest “Chris” Armijo decided to step down after news stories reported that he wasn’t allowed to carry a gun because of his criminal background.  “He decided the attention was distracting,” Romero said.  State officials said Armijo couldn’t carry a gun since acknowledging that he owed tens of thousands of dollars in delinquent child support payments in Texas. Armijo also faces new felony charges after being accused of selling a town-owned rifle and pocketing the cash.  Romero said Armijo is working to clear up the latest case. He said Armijo has not ruled out seeking the police chief’s position again if his case is resolved and the position is open. https://ourtaxdollarsatwork.wordpress.com/?s=ernest+armijo New York Daily News 2012/09/27 With Vaughn, New Mexico, police chief out over his past conviction, only cop with CLEAN record is the drug-sniffing DOG!. By Victoria Cavaliere http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/top-dog-new-mexico-town-officer-drug-sniffing-pooch- named-nikka-article-1.1169639 Excerpt:  Meantime, Chief Armijo hadn't been able to carry a firearm since pleading guilty in January to failing to pay thousands of dollars in child support in Texas, a felony in that state. "The law is very clear. You cannot be a convicted felon and be a police officer in New Mexico," said Gordon Eden, cabinet secretary for the New Mexico Department of Public Safety. The town got Armijo a Taser, but the embattled chief has also been fighting allegations of selling a town-owned rifle and of using drug evidence to "train" Nikka. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/top-dog-new-mexico-town-officer-drug-sniffing-pooch- named-nikka-article-1.1169639 Armijo Leonard,  Bernalillo County Sheriff's Dept/Deputy-Sheriff,. 2017/12/05-Lawsuit involving ACLU Articles KOAT 2018/10/04-Sheriff's deputies leaving in droves for APD https://www.koat.com/article/sheriffs-deputies-leaving-in-droves-for-apd/23603523 Arredondo David,    Deming, HCSO Hidalgo Sheriffs Office/Deputy, Search Illegal Probe, Victim David Eckert    Case decided 2016, Caselaw 2016/09/14; Huffington Post-2013/11/05 Watch for Antics   Strange contexts around the probing issues in general, ACLU often if not always involved in these lawsuits Case(s) Caselaw 2016/09/14--Decided.  No. 15-2204 10th Circuit Court of Appeals David Eckert, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. Deputy District Attorney Daniel Dougherty, Defendant-Appellee, City of Deming; Bobby Orosco; Robert Chavez; Officer Hernandez; Hidalgo County; Hildalgo County Sheriff Officers David Arredondo, Robert Rodriguez, Patrick Green; Gila Regional Medical Center; Robert Wilcox, M.D.; Okay Odocha, M.D., Defendants.     http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-10th-circuit/1748339.html Articles Huffington Post 2013/11/05 David Eckert Enema Colonoscopy drugs traffic stop https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/05/david-eckert-enema-colonoscopy-drugs-traffic- stop_n_4218320.html Artis Jeremy,  Hobbs, Hobbs PD/Officer, this officer was one of three who filed lawsuit against Hobbs PD over racial discrimination and retaliation in 2017. See also Ellis, Robinson, 2017/10/05 Case Ellis et al v. Hobbs Police Department et al; Hobbs News-2017/10/11  Case(s) 2017/10/05 Case Ellis et al v. Hobbs Police Department et al 2:2017cv01011 ... https://dockets.justia.com/docket/new-mexico/nmdce/2:2017cv01011/373633 Brandon Ellis, Jeremy Artis and Vasshawn Robinson Defendant: Hobbs Police Department, Jason Herrera, Chad Wright, Shane Blevins, Jeremy Kirk, Matthew Burleson, Jimmy Grimes, Christopher McCall and J.J. Murphy Articles Hobbs News 2017/10/11 Hobbs News Ex Officers file lawsuit https://www.hobbsnews.com/2017/10/11/ex-officers-file-lawsuit-hpd/ Excerpt: A federal lawsuit filed last week by three former Hobbs Police Department officers alleges racial discrimination and retaliation within the agency and that they were encouraged to target people of color to make quotas. The 21-page lawsuit, filed Oct. 5 in Albuquerque, on behalf of African- American officers Brandon Ellis and Vasshawn Robinson, as well as Caucasian officer Jeremy Artis, seeks actual and special damages, along with punitive damages against a number of defendants from the City of Hobbs and Hobbs Police Department based on violations of the New Mexico Whistle Blower Protection Act, Equal Protection Clause and First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. “During the time HPD employed the plaintiffs, each plaintiff police officer witnessed and endured racial discrimination and attempted to report it,” the lawsuit states. “Each plaintiff endured subsequent retaliatory actions for reporting racial discrimination and for associating with one another.” It further alleges those actions led the officers to seek employment elsewhere, but individuals with Hobbs police “ensured” they wouldn’t be hired. All three plaintiffs are currently employed with the Lea County Sheriff’s Office where they earn $6 less an hour, according to Albuquerque civil rights attorney Shannon https://www.hobbsnews.com/2017/10/11/ex-officers-file-lawsuit-hpd/ Related Issue LCSUN News 2020/03/01 Racial discrimination claims against Hobbs Police draw unexpected rebuttal.  By Jeff Proctor https://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/2020/03/01/racial-discrimination-claims-against-hobbs-nm- police/4910732002/  Other Articles https://apnews.com/18f587905f8244e08fd4918ea30e014c/Lawsuit:-Department-made-police-officers- target-minorities KRQE 2017-Former Hobbs officers sue HPD for racial discrimination. By Jackie Kent. https://www.krqe.com/news/former-hobbs-officers-sue-hpd-for-racial-discrimination/   Atencio Cory,   Espanola, Espanola PD/Officer, Lewd, behind the scenes language and racial slurs shows cynicism.  (See Anthony Armijo and Jason Gallegos). $4292 cost of contract for internal affairs investigation spat between Atencio and Anthony Armijo. Articles Rio Grande Sun 2017/02/20 Woman hit by officer sues city, police department.  By Jennifer Garcia. 02/20/2017--http://www.riograndesun.com/news/woman-hit-by-officer-sues-city-police- department/article_794a7aae-f783-11e6-9caa-9f84a71bad92.html Excerpt:  However, the contract for the internal affairs investigation into the spat between officers Cory Atencio and Anthony Armijo cost $4,292, including Gross Receipts Tax and expenses. 02/20/2017--http://www.riograndesun.com/news/woman-hit-by-officer-sues-city-police- department/article_794a7aae-f783-11e6-9caa-9f84a71bad92.html 2018/03/01  Officer Rehired [Jason Gallegos] despite colleagues protestations-letter. Wheeler Cowperthwaite http://www.riograndesun.com/news/officer-rehired-despite-colleagues-protestations- letter/article_b897fc56-1d7d-11e8-933c-e3a9fc1a38a6.html Excerpt: After the shift briefing, everyone left the room, except for Gallegos and Officers Anthony Armijo and Cory Atencio.    Atencio then begins to read a text message from an unknown woman about going to a party with a football player from the University of New Mexico.    “Officer Atencio shouts vulgar slurs while Sgt. Gallegos simulates a sexual act,” Romero wrote.    According to the video, Atencio discusses how she is going to be “all over those (racial expletive).” http://www.riograndesun.com/news/officer-rehired-despite-colleagues-protestations- letter/article_b897fc56-1d7d-11e8-933c-e3a9fc1a38a6.html Avila Greg    Albuquerque, APD/Officer Under Cover, Older material - See Real Crimes.  Intoxicated, Unruly. Deceased  08/24/2015 Was in connection with other officer Hearn, suspect Frank Minott and others, attacking women, cat, high alcohol level. Deceased 2015/08/24 Real Crimes 1981/09; Articles Real Crimes http://kaitarquette.arquettes.com/corruption%20overview.htm http://www.realcrimes.com/Corruption_Overview.htm Excerpt from Real Crimes.  Also seen on Kait Arquette:  9/81: APD undercover officers, John Hearn and Greg Avila, were working a suspected vehicle theft ring when they got into a shootout with one of the suspects, Frank Minott.  Minott testified that he shot at Officer Avila in self-defense after Avila fired at him.  Officer Avila’s blood alcohol level was three times higher than the legal requirement for intoxication.  A female witness testified that Avila tried to force his way into her bedroom, tried to grope another girl present, and tried to stab a cat with a pitchfork, saying he “was hungry.”  Minott testified that he told Avila to stop hurting the women and Avila said, “What are you going to do about it?”, Minott pushed Avila away, and Avila pulled a knife.  Then Hearn got involved, and Minott said he feared that Hearn would hold him down while Avila cut him, so he ran to the house and Avila fired a gun at him.  Minott got to a gun and fired back at Avila, wounding him twice. Minott was found guilty of assault with intent to commit a violent felony. Chief Whitey Hansen told the press (in regard to the actions of the two officers), “When you’re in Rome, you do as the Romans do.” He said there are no guidelines or rules for undercover officers,  http://kaitarquette.arquettes.com/corruption%20overview.htm http://www.realcrimes.com/Corruption_Overview.htm Newspapers - Santa Fe New Mexican Excerpt from Newspapers - Santa Fe New Mexican, 03/26/1981: An " Albuquerque undercover policeman was shot Wednesday evening in the Torrance County community of Mclntosh and police have launched an extensive manhunt for one man. Greg Avila was shot twice while on duty in Mclntosh. He was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital in Albuquerque where he was listed in serious but guarded condition Wednesday night. Police have declined to release details of the shooting incident, other than to say he was working with other officers from the department's investigation unit at the time he was shot. Gregory was a Naval Combat Corpsman in Vietnam and served with the United States Marine Corps 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines at Quang Tri. After Vietnam, he came home to Albuquerque, New Mexico and joined the Albuquerque Police Department. While serving with APD, Gregory was shot twice in the line of duty, taking a total of six bullets â€" four in 1976 and two more in 1981. https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/211832985/ See also http://www.highlandhs1965.com/class_profile.cfm?member_id=5011022 Updates:2020/03/20 technical editing and activating some links in upper names menu;  2020/03/15 technical editing, some fleshing out of already present articles by including excerpted material or titles; 2019/06/03 Page started Arredondo to Avila. Aguilar Brent KRQE-2019/05/28. Adair Aaron 2010/12/21.  LA 2019/06/02 Atencio Cory Espanola added notes to brief excerpt.  2019/05/05 Atencio Cory added article Rio Grande 2018/03/01; 2019/05/03  Armijo Ernest NY Daily News article added, Atencio Cory added; Armijo Anthony Rio Grande Sun (2017/02/09), Anders Billy El Paso Inc-2009/03/09, Albq Jrnl-(2010/10/15); 2019/05/02 Aguirre Michael material added including Silver City Daily Press (2018) showing ten years sentence; Aguilar Brent material added including ABC 7 Amarillo-2019/04/12, KRQE -2018/10/11; 2019/04/25 editing and more on Ackerman (Face Book Blue Warrior) and Adair. 2018/12/08 edited layout aand title area; 2018/09/16 Capehart, Daniel NMSP added/Albq Jrnl, Justice.gov, etc; 2018/01/31Artis,JereyHO-SUIT-DISCR;01/18/2018 Carter, Russ-ALBQ DET added; 01/11/2018 page cleaned up incl duplicate names index, etc.; Anders, Billy-CLD added; 01/06/2018: Dear, Jaremy excerpt from Albq Jrnl 2016/06/23;  01/03/2018 approx Duran-SNTA FE; 12/30/2017 Chavez, Gordon ex-CORR FBI record; 12/25/2017  Costales, Sam links incl UNM Youtube video; Brown, CJ links 2nd NMDAS, Occupy; Burns Larry links added TDaily Mail, he Blaze; Babcock Todd 2015-16 material;Avila, Greg status shifted to Deceased from 08/2015; Error correction - suspect, not police officer -Apodaca, Paul removed as police officer and added to Merriman , Ronald as suspect12/24/2017 changes to placement of various sections; codes moved to separate page (see link); some amplification of and changes to codes 11/26/2017 Chavez, Jose (KOD/Hatch 08/12/2016);; Coffman, Rod/DS/Lea County/apparent suicide 2011;  Wilson, Dusty; Wallace, Edmund/lea county/sex abuse of inmate; 11/25/2017 Justice dt gov CASA APD monitoring report; 11/05/2017 Threlkeld, Eric/Carlsbad/ letter to editor Current Argus/on domestic violence issues/reforms; Emmert, Richard/Farmington/cleared of charges;Vigil, Matthew/Espanola/Child Abuse; Malone, Casey/Farmington/clearing allegations regarding another officer. 05/29/2017; 03/19/2017