Sunday, January 11, 2015

Albuquerque Cop Shoots First, Asks Questions Later. Turns Out the Person He Shot Was a Cop

by Cassandra Rules on January 11, 2015

Albuquerque, NM– Albuquerque Police Department’s five months without a shooting has come to an end as an Albuquerque police officer remains in critical condition after being shot by a fellow officer on Friday.
The unnamed officer was shot while undercover during a drug operation to bust two men for $60 worth of meth. Another officer sustained minor injuries, but information on how has not been released.

Police have not released the names of any of the officers who were involved, but criminal complaints filed in Metropolitan Court against the two targets of the investigation identify the undercover officers as detectives Holly Garcia and Jacob Grant, The Albuquerque Journal reported.

According to the criminal complaint, Garcia and Grant met a suspect to buy $60 worth of “shards,” another term for meth. The suspects got into Garcia’s car and she drove them to an Econo Lodge Motel. One of the suspects went into a room and returned to Garcia’s vehicle with the meth.

Garcia then went to a McDonald’s parking lot and gave the signal to begin the bust, the shooting took place shortly after.

Witnesses report that they heard around five shots, and the officer was shot multiple times, but the exact number has not yet been released.

Police have not yet come forward with any explanation as to why an officer opened fire, but it appears as though both of the suspects were unarmed. The pair was taken into custody on drug trafficking charges following the shooting.

Media, police, and citizens are grieving and expressing condolences, but what they are not doing is discussing why this really happened.

We don’t need all the details to be able to safely assume the undercover officer was not a threat to their peers, yet they were shot anyway. Media is discussing this event using words like “tragedy” and “accident” while ignoring the fact that this is a symptom of a much larger problem, and it seems that an officer once again shot someone who posed no threat to them.

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