Albuquerque Officer Lapel Footage Gone In 2 Cases

May 13, 2014

An Albuquerque officer whose lapel camera footage of his shooting of a 19-year-old woman has not been recovered also did not record two other cases where possible excessive force was used. 

Records obtained by KOAT-TV show that Jeremy Dear's lapel camera wasn't working when he allegedly punch a man during a January 2013 fight nor was it working when he allegedly kicked a man in the groin during a traffic stop a month later.

Albuquerque officers are required to record all interaction with the public.

The information comes as Albuquerque police have yet to release details three weeks after Dear shot and killed 19-year-old woman Mary Hawkes in a suspected auto theft case.

Critics say the lack of information is causing more distrust of Albuquerque police amid 39 police shootings since 2010 and pending U.S. Justice Department reforms.

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