Target: Gorden Eden, Chief of Police, Albuquerque Police Department
Goal: Praise firing of police officer involved in two violent assaults and a shooting
A police officer involved in the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old girl has been dismissed from his position within the Albuquerque Police Department. Officer Jeremy Dear was previously involved in the beating of a 22-year-old male and the assault of another man during a routine traffic stop. In all of these altercations, Officer Dear failed to turn on his body camera, which must be turned on during all encounters with citizens.
Mary Hawkes, the teenage girl, was shot dead after a foot chase in which Dear claimed that Hawkes pulled a gun on him. While this might usually warrant deadly force, the autopsy found that the three bullets that killed Hawkes were all fired from a downward trajectory. This means that Dear had already subdued Hawkes and was on top of her when he shot her.
While Dear claimed that the camera had mysteriously malfunctioned during all three incidents, an inquiry found that it was intentionally disabled, in direct breach of Police Department procedure. According to Police Chief Gorden Eden, who fired Dear, the department has a zero-tolerance policy for noncompliance of body camera procedure.
The primary role of police is to protect citizens, yet stories of abuse of power and breach of protocol have become all too common. In order to improve the relationship between police officers and citizens, it is important that abuses of power are not tolerated. Sign the petition below to applaud the dismissal of a violent and manipulative officer.
Dear Police Chief Gorden Eden,
Officer Jeremy Dear was recently fired from the Albuquerque Police Department after an investigation found that he intentionally breached protocol before shooting a citizen in order to obscure the facts related to the citizen’s death. Dear shot 19-year-old Mary Hawkes to death after disabling the body camera meant to make cases of police violence easier to punish in courts.
Before this incident, a complaint was registered against Dear by a man who claimed he was pulled forcibly out of his car and kicked in the groin during a routine traffic stop. Another complaint against Dear says that he struck a 22-year-old repeatedly in the head with a closed fist while arresting him. In both of these instances, Dear had disabled his body camera to avoid consequences.
It is important that police departments form trusting relationships with the communities they protect. We, the undersigned, applaud your removal of this violent and abusive man from a position of power in the community.
[Your Name Here]
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