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NAMES   A1     A2     B1     B2     C1     C2     D          F      G     H     IJK     L     M1     M2     O     P     QR     S     T     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 E: Click on names below for summaries below this list    Early, Paige    Los Alamos.  Detective. Economidy, Byron (Trey) Albuquerque. APD.  Detective, Suit/Settled. Fatal shooting. Victim Jacob Mitschelen.  APD settles for $300K.  (See Detective Brett Lampris-Tremba) Eden, Gordon Albuquerque,Withhold  Edison, Jim  Eichel, James   Eiskant, Mike Santa Fe, SEX/Stalk/Harass/Suit/Settle     Ellis, Brandon Hobbs, Hobbs PD, Officer, Suit/Discrimination     Emmert, Richard Farmington, SEX/Guilt No    Esquibel, Mike Belen  SEX, Suicide      Esparza, Greg Espanola, Force     Espinoza, Gerald Belen, Sergeant, Shooting non-armed person     Estrada, Joseph Albuquerque  Etsitty, Lawrence     Navajo Reservation - incident in Church Rock.  Navajo Nation PD.  Officer.  Sexual issue, prison - 4 years and barred from police. False statements to FBI.   Forced handcuffed woman. SUMMARIES  E:  BRIEF EXCERPTS/SOURCES NEW MEXICO POLICE Early, Paige  Los Alamos.  Detective.  Settled claims for $2 million.  Filed suit in January 2014. Los Alamos Daily Post.  2016/02/17.  Former Los Alamos Police Officers receive 2 million settlement case against 2016- https://www.ladailypost.com/content/breaking-news-former-los-alamos-police-officers-receive-2-million-settlement-case-againstAs Excerpt:  Plaintiffs had voiced concerns about the mental health of their co-worker, former LAPD Detective Brian Schamber. Early alleged that she had been reporting Schamber’s consistently disturbing conduct and remarks about hurting others to Chief of Police Wayne Torpy for a period of approximately 18 months before the events of Dec. 21, 2012 culminated in Schamber’s involuntary hospitalization on the grounds of being a danger to himself or others. Excerpt: Further, the County agreed to expunge discipline from the personnel files of Foster and Mills. The settlement entirely vindicates the actions of the three Plaintiffs, who acted to protect the Los Alamos community from a perceived threat from a fellow officer who doctors assessed as being potentially violent and dangerous. They were variously disciplined, fired and mistreated for acting in good faith to protect public safety. This settlement is a significant victory for the Plaintiffs and hopefully will inspire other whistleblowers to act in good faith to protect their communities even when their employer retaliates against them for revealing the truth. Economidy, Byron (Trey) Albuquerque. APD.  Detective, Suit/Settled. Fatal shooting. Victim Jacob Mitschelen.  2014-APD settles for $300K.  (See Detective Brett Lampris-Tremba) . Washington Post (2014/04/14) Albuquerque’s long history of police abuse and cover-up and scandal. By Radley Baldo. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2014/04/14/albuquerques-long-history-of-police- abuse-cover-up-and-scandal/?utm_term=.94b75e07579d Excerpt : In January, the city settled with the family of Jacob Mitschelen, who was shot and killed by Det. Byron “Trey” Economidy after a traffic stop. The shooting was found justified, even though Economidy had improperly used his personal gun in the shooting. Economidy was later suspended for four days for listing his occupation on Facebook as “human waste disposal.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2014/04/14/albuquerques-long-history-of-police- abuse-cover-up-and-scandal/?utm_term=.94b75e07579d Albuquerque Journal (2014/01/14)  APD settles for $300,000. By Dan McCay and Nicole Perez https://www.abqjournal.com/336238/apd-settles-for-300000.html Eden, Gordon (2016) Albuquerque. Police Chief. (W/HLD) Was sued for withholding public records.  (See NM Police victims Reynaldo Chavez.) http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2016/01/10/albuquerque-police-public-records-clerk-sues-chief-for-ordering-him-to- withhold-public-records/ https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2014/04/14/albuquerques-long-history-of-police-abuse-cover-up- and-scandal/?utm_term=.94b75e07579d Eiskant, Mike  (2015, 2012 and earlier) Santa Fe. Sergeant. (SEX) Major lawsuit by 7 women ($770,000) for stalking, harassment of several women.  Years of complaints.  KRQE (2015/05/06) http://krqe.com/2015/05/06/city-of-santa-fe-to-pay-770000-in-cop-harassment-case/ Excerpt from KRQE By Gabrielle Burkhard.  (05/06/2015)  Women claim a police officer used his power to stalk and harass them, while the department looked the other way. Now, the City of Santa Fe must pay for it.  KRQE News 13 first uncovered then-Santa Fe Police Officer Michael Eiskant’s abuse of power in a special assignment report in 2012. After that, a group of women sued, and Wednesday their attorney said it has paid off.  “He’s very dangerous, he’s a predator,” said a woman who did not want to be identified, during a 2012 interview with KRQE News 13. At the time, she was talking about Santa Fe cop, Michael Eiskant.  “This guy should have been off the streets years ago,” the woman’s husband told KRQE News 13 Wednesday.  It took years of complaints against former Santa Fe Police Sergeant Michael Eiskant, a KRQE News 13 investigation in 2012 and eight women suing.  http://krqe.com/2015/05/06/city-of-santa-fe-to-pay-770000-in-cop-harassment-case/ JD JOURNAL (2012/04/12) By Jim Vassallo. http://www.jdjournal.com/2012/04/12/police-officer-caught-masturbating-on-video-while-on-duty/ Excerpt: Also had been caught masturbating fantasizing about women in squad car: Excerpt: A police sergeant in Santa Fe, New Mexico is in a bad situation after a video caught him masturbating while he was on duty. The video has recently been released and it was filmed by the dashboard camera of the officer’s cruiser. The video released to the media does not show the inside of the cruiser but has audio that is quite steamy. The officer in question is Sgt. Mike Eiskant.  One former officer, Shannon Brady, was not surprised at the news of the video as Brady said that Eiskant had a bad reputation as a stalker of women and a ‘creeper.’ Brady attempted to file a harassment complaint against Eiskant years ago with the Santa Fe Police Department’s human resource division. The complaint was filed with compliance officer Raymond Rael, who is not the police chief for the department. http://www.jdjournal.com/2012/04/12/police-officer-caught-masturbating-on-video-while-on-duty/ KOAT (2012/12/17) http://www.koat.com/article/women-sue-former-santa-fe-officer/5044711 Excerpt KOAT By Alana Grimstad (12/17/2012): 7 allege harassment, stalking, intimidation: “This man was using that authority to stalk, harass and intimidate these people and invade their privacy in the most egregious and frightening way that he could,” attorney Cammie Nichols said.  Earlier this year, Eiskant resigned and pleaded guilty to criminal charges stemming from the victims’ complaints. He was also caught masturbating in his squad car while on duty as his dash camera was accidentally recording.  Now, he faces a lawsuit filed by seven women, including former fellow officer and a former city judge. The lawsuit alleges that many complaints have been made over Eiskant’s 12-year career, accusing him of abusing his power, following, bullying and intimidating women and making them feel violated. He’s even accused of sexually abusing a police informant, and the women said their cries fell on deaf ears.   “It was essentially ignored, which then empowered him to continue this behavior,” Nichols said.  The lawsuit also names the city and Santa Fe Police Chief Ray Rael for not doing enough to stop Eiskant’s abuse. One former police officer said she felt her own job was in jeopardy because she complained about Eiskant. http://www.koat.com/article/women-sue-former-santa-fe-officer/5044711 Ellis, Brandon  Hobbs, HPD. Officer. Hobbs News  (2017/10/11) Ex-Officers file lawsuit. 2017/10/11--http://www.hobbsnews.com/2017/10/11/ex-officers-file-lawsuit-hpd/ Excerpt: The lawsuit also details a time where Ellis reported an officer using a racial slur during a briefing to HPD sergeants, while another incident described Robinson being excluded during his training from eating lunch with Caucasian trainees and having to stand in a corner.“He was told that he ‘was not allowed’ to sit with them,” the lawsuit states.  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 Kennedy of Kennedy, Kennedy and Ives law firm. 2017/10/11--http://www.hobbsnews.com/2017/10/11/ex-officers-file-lawsuit-hpd/ Emmert, Richard.1-FMN/2-SEX GLT NO (2016)  Farmington.  Office. http://www.daily-times.com/story/news/crime/2016/05/18/trial-begins-ex-cop-accused-rape/84565684/  2016/05/20--http://www.daily-times.com/story/news/crime/2016/05/20/ex-cop-found-not-guilty-rape-molestation/84630304/ Esquibel, Mike. (2014)  Belen. Officer, child sexual abuse, suicide.  SEX,  Excerpt from Abq Journal:  (This story about a Belen police officer who committed suicide while under investigation for child sexual abuse quoted an attorney’s letter to the city reminding officials of a previous case involving another Belen police officer’s prosecution for rape. The detective in that case was acquitted of all charges against him in 2001. The city of Belen paid $425,000 to the alleged victim in a civil lawsuit)….A deceased Belen Police officer lauded by the police chief and mayor as a “model officer” and a man whose “integrity was never questioned” was under investigation by State Police for alleged sexual abuse of a minor at the time of his death.  Mike Esquibel, a school resource officer for the Belen Consolidated School District and an eight-year veteran of the department, took his own life on Sept. 19, 2014. https://www.abqjournal.com/520155/dead-officer-was-under-investigation.html http://krqe.com/2015/10/12/lawsuit-filed-over-deceased-belen-officers-alleged-sex-crimes/ Esparza, Greg. (Internal Affairs Investigation 10/26/2016)  (FOR) Espanola. Signs of excessive use of force despite release of internal affairs nvestigation. Looks like investigation was not thorough. Rio Grande Sun (2017/02/09) Investigation clears city officer.  By Wheeler Cowperthwaite http://www.riograndesun.com/news/cops_courts/investigation-clears-city-officer/article_481827d4-eee5-11e6- b557-b3bb841ab3dd.html Excerpt:    An Española Police officer was cleared by a private investigator, despite the city’s new insurance company requesting something be done about his behavior. Police Chief Richard Gallegos commissioned the internal affairs investigation, Oct. 26, 2016, into one lawsuit and three tort claims filed against the city, naming Officer Greg Esparza as an alleged civil rights violator….  An Española Police officer was cleared by a private investigator, despite the city’s new insurance company requesting something be done about his behavior.    Smith spoke to five officers, but none of the people who filed complaints, tort claims or lawsuits with the city….    He wrote in his undated investigation report that city Human Resources Director Sally Baxter suggested he not even try to talk to the people claiming Esparza’s wrongdoing because two of them had lawyers. Smith cleared Esparza of wrongdoing in all four cases, even though the city’s new insurance company thought otherwise. http://www.riograndesun.com/news/cops_courts/investigation-clears-city-officer/article_481827d4-eee5-11e6- b557-b3bb841ab3dd.html 2018/03/29.  Residents lodge complaints against police.  By Wheeler Cowperthwaite http://www.riograndesun.com/news/cops_courts/residents-lodge-complaints-against-police- dept/article_73a09d2c-3382-11e8-b6cf-1bd24046c927.html      Espinoza, Gerald.  (2012)  Belen.  Sergeant.  Killed alleged unarmed man. Excerpt From Police Misconduct: This week Tellez's family filed a lawsuit against the city of Belen for the shooting.  The lawsuit claims that Tellez did not have to die that night because he wasn't a violent criminal, didn't have a weapon and wasn't making threatening gestures toward Espinoza.  Online court records show Tellez's record with police listing a pending case of an aggravated DWI and a few other driving offenses.http://policemisconductusa.blogspot.com/2012/07/family-sues-over-belen-police-shooting.html Estrada, Cassandra (New) Estrada, Joseph. Abuquerque area - Bernalillo County.  (1997)  Excerpt From Real Crimes: “1997 Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Deputy Joseph Estrada was convicted of embezzlement for taking more than $730 worth of shirts from Dillard’s Department Store where he was moonlighting as a security officer.” Real Crimes: http://www.realcrimes.com/Corruption_Overview.htm  http://caselaw.findlaw.com/nm-court-of-appeals/1364342.html Etsitty, Lawrence.  Navajo Reservation. Officer.  - Church Rock. Sexual issue, prison - 4 years. False statements to FBI.  Incident 01/25/2009; articles 2012 Arizona Daily Sun (2012/11/07) 2012/11/07--http://azdailysun.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/former-navajo-police-officer-gets-prison/article_f113ca8b- d821-5c6a-a5fb-c3434f748307.html Excerpt: A former Navajo Nation police officer will serve more than four years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually abusing a suspect in his custody in January 2009.  Lawrence Etsitty, 31, was sentenced to 54 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. He will also be barred from serving in a law enforcement capacity.Earlier this year, Etsitty pleaded guilty to violating the civil rights of the victim when he groped, touched and kissed her against her will, while she was handcuffed. Etsitty also was charged and pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI.  Excerpt from Justice-filed 2012/11/06:  dot gov: According to court documents, on Jan. 25, 2009, at 2:40 a.m., Etsitty, while working in his capacity as an officer of the NPD, arrested the victim outside of the Fire Rock Casino in Churchrock, N.M. Etsitty then handcuffed the victim and placed her in the back of his patrol vehicle. Etsitty then drove the victim to an isolated road in the desert, opened the back door of his patrol car where the handcuffed victim was sitting, and forcibly pulled her toward him and out of the car. Etsitty then began groping the victim, while she struggled to get free, pleading for Etsitty to take her home. Ultimately, Etsitty agreed to do so and dropped the victim off in a parking lot near her home, at which point the victim ran away. 2012/11/07--http://azdailysun.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/former-navajo-police-officer-gets-prison/article_f113ca8b- d821-5c6a-a5fb-c3434f748307.html Justice dot gov 2012/11/06 filed filed 2012/11/06--https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/former-new-mexico-navajo-police-officer-sentenced-over-four-years- prison-sexual-abuse-charges UPDATES Updates: 2019/06/24 Esparza Greg Rio Grande Sun-2018/03/29 added. 01/31/2018 Ellis, Brandon OFC-HOB  discrimination lawsuit;  01/24/2018 Grant, Jacob (ALBQ- COP SHOT BY COP, $6.5m SETTLE) added;  01/21/18 Kassetas-STATE SNTA FE CHF NMSP added; 01/10/2018 date added to Garrison,Larry article from my high plains; 01/06/2018 Katz, Marshall NM Political Report (ABQ Free Press); 01/02/2018 Lopez, Bert 3 articles added; Largo, James Houston corr. error from Large, added article;12/30/2017 Ielacqua, Paul. Case Mine, NMLEA,Public Health NM added; 12/27/2017 Goff, Jim added;Geier, Mike Albq APD chf added; Hansen, Whitey 3 article links added incl. Arquette, Alb Jrnl; Garcia, Michael Las Cruces - added to Index (it was left off accidentally but in summaries below);12/26/2017: Goke, Marvin- Opposing Views -03/23/2016 article; Garcia, Esther - Google Scholar Cases, Leagle, Casemine cases related to Garcia’s presence and involvement in Kevin Kinney and Renae Harbin issues; Garrison, Larry-My High Plains article; 12/25/2017 Gallagos, Gilbert Alb Jrnl 07/29/2013’ 12/10/2017 Gonzales, Christopher Santa Fe firing for domestic violence; 11/26/2017 p. 2 shisrley, jake; wallace, edmund/lea county/sex abuse of inmate;11/25/2017 Howard, Sara;  11/24/2017 Simpson, Dwayne