ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – In a parting shot at the Albuquerque Police Department, the outgoing Bernalillo County District Attorney compares APD to a criminal organization.
That’s what Kari Brandenburg wrote in a farewell letter to the U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez. She states, “If any other group of individuals were acting the way APD has allegedly been acting, some of us in law enforcement might refer to them as a continuing criminal enterprise.”
Brandenburg, who served as the county’s head prosecutor for 16 years, accuses APD of widespread corruption, and an unwillingness to reform. She says APD unfairly made her the target of an investigation after she charged two officers for the death of homeless camper James Boyd in March 2014.
Despite numerous print and broadcast stories critical of APD over the years, Brandenburg also blames the media for the problems at APD. She says local media had an interest in maintaining the status quo.
In the letter, Brandenburg admits that as District Attorney, she refused to prosecute any officer for an officer-involved shooting until the Boyd case.
On Tuesday, APD Chief Gorden Eden released the following statement:
I take strong exception to the baseless allegations the former district attorney made against the dedicated men and women of this Department as she left office. Albuquerque Police Department officers work tirelessly day after day to keep our community safe. APD worked diligently over the years to maintain a professional working relationship with the District Attorney’s Office. Unfortunately, Ms. Brandenberg’s letter shows her response to those efforts. Moving forward, there is great opportunity to partner with the incoming District Attorney to work together to make our community safer. We have already had multiple productive meetings with Mr. Torrez and his team. We look forward to serving our community together to make Albuquerque and Bernalillo County safer places.