- Associated Press - Monday, December 1, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - An Albuquerque officer who fatally shot a 19-year-old woman and did not record the encounter has been fired, the department said Monday.

In a statement, Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden said an internal investigation found that Officer Jeremy Dear violated department policy and hadn’t been truthful.

“I have determined that Officer Dear violated standard operating procedures regarding insubordination and untruthfulness,” Eden said. “In imposing the discipline of termination, I considered the seriousness of the acts and omissions, aggravating circumstances and Officer Dear’s disciplinary record.”

Attorney Thomas Grover, who represents Dear, called the firing “unjust and ripe for appeal.” He said the internal probe centered on Dear’s lapel camera use and the type of gloves he wore.

Dear had been on administrative leave since he fatally shot suspected truck thief Mary Hawkes following an April 21 chase.

Dear shot Hawkes after she pulled a weapon on him, according to police. An autopsy showed Hawkes died from three gunshot wounds to the head, neck and chest.

A toxicology report later showed Hawkes had a high concentration of methamphetamine in her system.

The shooting evoked an outcry because of the lack of video from Dear’s lapel camera. Manufacturer Taser International inspected the camera to determine if Dear failed to turn it on or it malfunctioned. The results were inconclusive.

Dear’s personnel file showed other incidents in which his camera didn’t record interaction that should have been documented.

Grover said Albuquerque police supervisors have recommended Dear by fired. He said the Albuquerque police had been “painfully vague” why Dear had been placed on leave.

Albuquerque officials recently signed an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department to overhaul the police force. Under the agreement, Albuquerque police must provide better training for officers and dismantle troubled units. Albuquerque police also had been under scrutiny for more than 40 police shootings since 2010.


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