USA – Albuquerque, New Mexico: City’s relationship with Taser stunning for some (2014-05-28)

Published on May 28 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: More information of the links between Albuquerque Police and TASER International: After a scathing U.S. Department of Justice report on the Albuquerque Police Department the city hired consultants and one of them – Tom Streicher – has made promotional videos for TASER International. (Ex Police-chief Schulz has already been identified as being a TASER beneficiary, and, since retiring, has become a regular TASER advocate.) The city has cut checks totaling more than $1.5 million to the company since the current mayor took office in December 2009.]]

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Former police chief, new city consultant points of interest in city’s relationship with Taser

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —After a scathing U.S. Department of Justice report on the Albuquerque Police Department (APD), the city hired consultants and one of them has connections to a Tom Streicher is in a promotional video for Taser International. The company hires him as a guest speaker to promote products at conferences. City councillors are “very disturbed”.

Streicher was just hired by the city of Albuquerque to be a DOJ consultant.

“I am extremely concerned about what is taking place,” said City Councilor Ken Sanchez.

VIDEO: City’s relationship with Taser stunning for some

Sanchez is suspicious about APD’s contracts with Taser International for the following reasons: Taser International has received $1 million sole source contracts with the city, meaning no competitors can offer bids that could be less expensive. In the negotiations, former police Chief Ray Shultz told a Taser official that the deal was “greased”; then Shultz retired to join Taser International’s team. He is now a featured speaker for Taser International’s products at conferences around the world.

APD’s contracts with Taser International are being investigated by the state auditor and the inspector general. At the same time, Shultz and Streicher continue to be guest speakers promoting Taser International.

Mayor Richard Berry said many of the contracts were in place before he was in office. The city has cut checks totaling more than $1.5 million to the company since he took office in December 2009.

Streicher’s connection to Taser was not disclosed in background information given to the media when he was hired.

Streicher was unable to be reached for comment.

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