Albuquerque officer in shooting of 19-year-old woman stripped of badge, gun



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ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — An Albuquerque officer who fatally shot a 19-year-old woman and did not record the encounter as required has been placed on administrative leave.

Officer Jeremy Dear recently was stripped of his badge and gun but officials aren't saying why, KOB-TV reports (http://goo.gl/DSXkux).

Dear shot and killed suspected truck thief Mary Hawkes following an April 21 chase, authorities said.

Hawkes pulled a weapon on Dear, prompting the officer to fire his gun, police said. An autopsy showed Hawkes died from three gunshot wounds to the head, neck and chest.

A toxicology report later showed Hawkes had a high concentration of methamphetamine in her system.

The shooting evoked outcry because of the lack of video from Dear's lapel camera. Taser International officials said in June that they don't know if Dear failed to record the incident or if a power connector on the lapel camera failed.

Dear's attorney, Thomas Grover, said the department said his client violated orders concerning cameras and citizen contacts.

"APD has been painfully vague not only in explaining why Officer Dear was put on administrative assignment but also why he was put on administrative leave," Grover said in a statement. "However the Department has yet to produce those orders to me, his attorney, either directly or through outstanding IPRA requests from my office."

Albuquerque police recently signed an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to overhaul the agency amid complaints about excessive force. The deal calls for new training and protocols for investigating officer shootings.

A federal monitor will be chosen to keep tabs on whether the department is following the agreement.

Albuquerque police also had been under scrutiny for more than 40 police shootings since 2010, including the March police shooting of 38-year-old homeless camper James Boyd.

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