ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A Bernalillo County deputy’s questionable rant has twodifferent communities speaking out and it's prompted an internalinvestigation in the department.
The deputy in question is 18 year veteran Deputy Jim Goff. Goffmade the questionable comments toward a religious group that wasprotesting outside a Rob Zombie concert July 17th. One of theprotestors recorded the entire situation.
The video shows Goff asking the group to leave but when theyargued back he got the crowd of concert goers involved.
“Guys do you want them to stay or go,” Goffsaid.
Jeremy De los Santos was among the protestors. He said his groupthought they were on public property because they were standing onthe sidewalk in front of the Pavilion.
He did admit to arguing with the deputy when asked to leave buthe said the deputy made the situation worse.
“I mean had they (the crowd) said to stay would we havebeen able to stay, they it wouldn't have been privateproperty,” De los Santos said. “It assumed the officerwas on the side of the crowd.”
De los Santos said the deputy showed he was biased about thesituation when he revealed his beliefs to the crowd.
“I am a non-believer, there is no god, there is no Jesus,there is no Satan,” Goff said.
“Really what happened is a group of Christians got ran offa property by an atheist who happened to be an officer,” Delos Santos said.
Catholic Naomi Morega said she was saddened when she heard whatthe deputy said.
“He's here to protect us and here he's shouting his ownbeliefs to other people,” Morega said.
Surprisingly De los Santos doesn't feel Goff should bereprimanded but he said he should be educated better on crowdcontrol.
The protestor many say caused it all said the deputy's biasedcomments could have started a fight between the two crowds.
“That’s almost like a mob law or something,”De los Santos said.
However, Goff’s comments did not only upset the Christiancommunity.
“You must have a crush on me, man are you like a gayhomosexual, you keep filming me,” Goff said.
A member from the lesbian and gay community said she was alsosaddened by the deputy's comments, but said she also blames theprotestors.
She said she hopes Goff doesn't make comments like this againeven if a camera is not rolling.
Sheriff Manny Gonzales said they will start an internalinvestigation tomorrow.
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