Posts Tagged 'Daniel Guzman'

What Happens to Disgraced Cops?

Last week, Seattle Weekly looked at what happens to cops who run afoul of the law in the wake of the case of Seattle police officer Ian Birk. Birk shot and killed a homeless Native American woodcarver in August, and though he resigned under great pressure, he faces no criminal charges.

In the article there is a brief mention of Albuquerque police officer Daniel Guzman, who attacked a local NBC news photographer in 2008 because he didn’t sufficiently respect his authority. As we posted, Guzman was spectacularly unhinged, and the police department said it would review the way its department handles the media as a result.

Well, ever wonder what happens to a loose cannon cop?

Not all the shamed officers wind up ulcer-ridden and jobless. Daniel Guzman, a former officer with the Albuquerque Police Department, lost his job after he attacked a television news photographer who pissed him off.

He ended up, however, getting a new job with the Bernalillo Police Department after they decided he “deserved a second chance.” [ED NOTE: The above link requires registration, but you can read the story here.]

You can read about other officers who abused their authority and ended up with good jobs and no worse for the wear. It reminds me of the Catholic Church’s response to bad priests: just reassign them to a new parish. And we all know how well that’s turned out.

Source: Seattle Weekly

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Charges Dropped In Albequerque Case

KOB.com is reporting that charges were dismissed against Rick Foley, an Albequerque NBC news photographer who was arrested  by APD Officer Daniel Guzman after exchanging words at a crime scene. We posted about this story in the beginning of June — viewing the tape of the incident, most would conclude that the officer’s behavior was egregiously aggressive and an inappropriate response.

The Albequerque Journal reported today that Judge Benjamin Chavez said the charge of failure to obey an officer wasn’t viable because the citation didn’t provide sufficient information detailing the crime that took place that night.

Officer Guzman is on paid leave and his disciplinary hearing is scheduled for next week. This incident has prompted Police Chief Ray Schultz to review the way his department handles the media at crime scenes.

Sometimes things are handled correctly, and this is good development for journalists’ rights.

Via KOB.com


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