Updated : Sep 15, 2019 in Articles

Protesters call for Bernallilo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales’s resignation


DIMANCHE IS THERE, AND TELLS US
WHAT THESE PEOPLE WANT TO SEE
CHANGED. KAY: TAKE A LOOK AT THE SIGNS
CREATED BY THE PROTESTERS. THE PROTESTERS ARE CALLING FOR
THE DEPUTY SHERIFF’S RESIGNATION
AND FOR DEPUTIES TO BE CHARGED
WITH MURDER. TODAY SEVERAL ARE PROTESTING
OUTSIDE THE BERNALILLO COUNTY
SHERIFF’S OFFICE FOR THE
RESIGNATION OF SHERIFF MANUEL
GONZALES. ELAINE MAESTAS ORGANIZED THE
PROTEST AFTER HER SISTER WAS
SHOT AND KILLED BY DEPUTIES
AFTER THEY RESPONDED TO A
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CALL LAST
MONTH. THE FAMILY SAYS WHAT DOESN’T SIT
WELL WITH THEM IS THERE WERE NO
BODY CAMERAS.>>IF THEY HAD THE LAPEL
CAMERAS, I KNOW THEY WOULD HAVE
BEEN A WHOLE LOT MORE CAREFUL
ABOUT WHAT THEY DID TO MY
GRANDDAUGHTER. I JUST KNOW THAT. KAY: BUT THE SHERIFF IS STANDING
FIRM ON HIS POSITION TO NOT GET
THEM. A SPOKESPERSON WITH THE
SHERIFF’S OFFICE SENT US THIS
STATEMENT TODAY. IT READS IN PART, “THE SHERIFF
HAS BEEN CLEAR ABOUT HIS
POSITION REGARDING PRIORITIES IN
PROVIDING CRITICAL PUBLIC SAFETY
SERVICES TO THE RESIDENTS OF
BERNALILLO COUNTY.” AND HE’S TOLD US IN THE PAST.>>WE HAVE RECORDERS ON OUR
BELTS. THOSE ARE AS SUFFICIENT. KAY: CITY LEADERS HAVE ALSO
JOINED THE FIGHT FOR BCSO TO
WEAR BODY CAMERAS. BACK IN MAY COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OFFERED THE BERNALILLO COUNT
SHERIFF’S OFFICE $500,000 TO BUY
DASH CAMERAS, BUT THE SHERIFF
HAS NOT USED IT. NOW, COMMISSIONER DEBBIE
O’MALLEY WANTS TO DOUBLE THE
ASKING THE SHERIFF TO RECONSIDER
MONEY BUYING MORE DASH CAMERAS
, AND LAPEL CAMERAS.>>THE SHERIFF WE HAS THINKS
HE’S ABOVE THE

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