- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - 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, according to his personnel records.

Documents obtained by KOAT-TV (http://goo.gl/S7cJtu) show that Jeremy Dear’s lapel camera wasn’t working when he allegedly punched a man during a January 2013 fight nor was it working when he reportedly kicked a man in the groin during a traffic stop a month later.

Under department policy, Albuquerque officers are required to record all interaction with the public.

It was not known if Dear faced any discipline for not having the footage.

An address listed to Dear did not include a phone number. But Stephanie Lopez, president of the Albuquerque Police Officers Association, called Dear a “good officer” who makes a lot of arrests. “I don’t think he was being negligent,” Lopez said. “People have to understand that the lapel camera is a machine and it malfunctions a lot.”

Lopez said it’s possible that Dear’s camera stopped working because of a dead battery or loose wires.

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

Chief Gorden Eden said at a news conference following the shooting that police were unable to recover video from the body camera worn by Dear. Eden also said he doesn’t yet know if the gun found by her body was loaded, how many times she was shot, whether she had her front or back to the officer when she was killed, if any other officers’ cameras captured the event or whether any witnesses have corroborated the officer’s statement that the woman pulled a gun on him.

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

Last week, angry protesters forced city councilors to end a meeting after they packed council chambers and called for Eden to face a citizen’s arrest.

A spokeswoman for Albuquerque police said information on the Hawkes shooting might be released later this week.

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