Albuquerque Cop Who Fatally Shot Woman Has History of Use of Force
There are still unanswered questions about whether APD Officer Jeremy Dear turned his camera on before he shot and killed a 19-year-old suspected truck thief, Mary Hawkes, who he claim pointed a gun at him.
KRQE News 13 has learned Officer Dear has been caught not turning his lapel camera on before, and he’s been on APD’s watch list because so many of his arrests end in violence.
News 13 has APD records that show Dear has been flagged for use of force at least 11 times over the past two years.
Lapel video from Officer Dear’s partner from January of last year shows pieces of what happened after the two broke up a fight downtown.
Dear’s camera was not on.
A police report said a 22-year-old suspect was trying to hit Dear, so Dear punched him in the face several times and had his hand on his throat.
Later, in the ambulance with Dear, the suspect starts yelling in fear.
“Then let him leave please. I don’t like him.” the suspect said. “Just don’t f***ing let him touch me.”
Dear’s partner said his lapel was running when he saw the fight and that it must have turned off or malfunctioned during the struggle, but video APD gave News 13 only shows the aftermath, in short clips with parts missing in between.