Feds looking into Albuquerque police body cam allegations

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The feds are looking into allegations that the Albuquerque Police Department altered and deleted body camera video.

Concerns stem from allegations made by former police records custodian, Reynaldo Chavez, who claims the department had trained certain staff to edit videos of interactions with civilians.

Chavez’s allegations included claims that video showing the events surrounding the 2014 fatal shootings of 19-year-old Mary Hawkes and law enforcement informant Jeremy Robertson had been tampered with.

The Department of Justice released this response:

“The Justice Department has received several requests seeking a federal criminal investigation into allegations that APD lapel camera videos may have been altered or deleted.  The Justice Department will decline to comment further due to its ongoing investigation into this matter.”

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