- Associated Press - Thursday, February 11, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A grand jury is looking into a former Albuquerque police chief’s role in the $2 million contract the city awarded to Taser International to outfit officers with body cameras.

Subpoenas have been served on city officials requesting former Chief Ray Schultz’s emails, payroll stubs and memos as well as other records, The Albuquerque Journal reported (https://bit.ly/1Q9qFkx). The grand jury is part of an investigation by the office of the Attorney General in the wake of a scathing state audit that suggested Schultz may have given Taser an unfair advantage when awarding the contract.

“I’ve spoken to legal counsel. But at this point I’m waiting to see what happens,” Schultz said. “But I feel very confident that as the facts are brought out they will show there was a lot of due diligence . to try to get the best (on-body camera) system out there.”

His attorney, Luis Robles, has said that the city budget office led the procurement process and Schultz’s successor made the final decision to award the contract.

The attorney general’s investigation comes after two audits and an official city report concluded Schultz may have broken state laws by awarding Taser the contract for lapel cameras.

James Hallinan, a spokesman for the attorney general, said the office is still reviewing the case. He declined to comment on the subpoenas.

Schultz is now assistant police chief in Memorial Villages, Texas.


Information from: Albuquerque Journal, https://www.abqjournal.com

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