December 09, 2014

Cop Finally Fired After Refusing to Turn on Body Camera When He Shot Woman

An investigation that began back in April determined that Officer Jeremy Dear’s camera was intentionally disabled right before he shot and killed Mary Hawkes, 19. Now, Albuquerque Police Chief Eden has fired Officer Dear, as part of what is being called a “zero tolerance” policy on police camera use during citizen interactions.
Officer Dear says that he is being treated unfairly, but in three separate incidences, Dear has claimed that his body camera has malfunctioned. In each of these incidences the Albuquerque cop has used force against a suspect. This latest case involves the shooting of a 19-year-old teenage girl.
The personnel file for Officer Dear says that in January 2013, his camera “malfunctioned” during the course of him “breaking up” a fight, in which Dear “did strike (the 22-year-old suspect) several times in his facial area with a closed fist.”
Officer Dear said the man was “resisting arrest.” He wanted his supervisors and the people of Albuquerque to believe that this was just a strange coincidence that his bodycam malfunctioned during the fight, even though it appeared to be in perfect working order upon inspection. His camera was never turned on during the encounter. Procedure is to turn on the camera when engaging in such a contact with citizens. He says he tried to turn it on but it just didn’t seem to work.
Only one month after this, Officer pulled a man over for speeding. That man filed a complaint, saying that he was kicked in the groin by the officer who dragged him from his vehicle. He also said that he deliberately put on handcuffs too tight, causing injury to him, even when the suspect protested and explained the pain he was in from the abusive use of the handcuffs.
But now Officer Dear has once again experienced technical difficulties during his shooting and killing of 19-year-old Mary Hawkes.
After a foot chase on April 21, 2014, Hawkes was said to have pointed a gun at Officer Dear. That sounds like he was in the right to use lethal force against her. But the problem is – once again – his bodycam mysteriously malfunctioned.


  1. I'm afraid I can't refer to this as a refreshing piece of news, not until that thug of a cop is condemned to death and executed.

  2. Does anybody have a picture, home address, phone number, etc.? Let the public know with who they may be interacting, especially since he has been proven to be homicidal.

  3. Why is he only fired, which, in and of itself, is amazing? Why has he not been indicted on manslaughter/murder charges? Firing just means that this POS will go else where and get a police job somewhere and start his psychopatic swath of terror again.

  4. Albuquerque Police Chief Eden has fired
    Officer Dear, as part of what is being called a “zero tolerance” policy
    on police camera use during citizen interactions

    Apparently "zero tolerance" means "we'll give you three chances"

    Or maybe he meant to say "zero tolerance, but only with respect to fatal incidents"

  5. Manslaughter?
    You must be kidding; that was cold-blooded murder.

  6. manslaughter/murder charges. I believe I slashed it. I am fully aware it is cold blooded murder, but I doubt that he would ever be brought up on murder charges. However considering that they actually fired him, at least manslaughter.