Former APD officer announces bid for Bernalillo County Sheriff

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Former Albuquerque Police officer Lou Golson, who was shot by a car thief, is running for Bernalillo County Sheriff.

“There’s no turning back. I’m not afraid of a challenge,” Golson said.

Current Sheriff Manuel Gonzales took office back in 2015. He’s up for re-election this year. Golson said he’s tired of seeing not only a city, but a county riddled with crime.

“It’s community first,” he said. “If your community doesn’t feel safe then you’re not doing your job.”

Golson spent 33 of his years in law enforcement with the Albuquerque Police Department. He was shot four times when he pulled over Christopher Cook during a DWI stop in 2015. The entire shooting was caught on Golson’s lapel camera

“There was no question about the actions of the person who shot me,” he said. “Whereas if I didn’t have my camera, that could have been called into question.”

If he became sheriff, he’d be the head of a department without body cameras. Sheriff Gonzales has repeatedly spoken out against them, even after the department faced heavy criticism after deputies were involved in nine shootings in less than five months last year.

“I don’t disagree with having them at all, it can only help,” Golson said. “It adds a layer of transparency.”

Golson did applaud Sheriff Gonzales for his efforts to hire more deputies. Last month, county commissioners signed off on 10 more deputy positions.

KRQE News 13 reached out to Sheriff Gonzales, he declined an interview Monday. However, a spokesperson for the department referred KRQE News 13 to his campaign website that is not up.

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