URGENT: Stop the APD/NRA Shooting Competition September 13-18

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What do you get when you mix the Albuquerque Police Department, the NRA, and a city with the highest per capita police shooting rate in the country? You get the 2014 National Police Shooting Championship held in Albuquerque, New Mexico (September 13-18,2014). That’s right folks…New Mexico will host police officers from around the country and allow them to show off their shooting skills.

What a great idea! Let’s highlight police shooting in Albuquerque. On top of that, how about letting some of our famous shooters compete in the event. There is a rumor that APD Officer Sean Wallace will be representing our great city in this national competition.

Who’s Officer Sean Wallace? He is the shooter responsible for 3 shootings since 2010. One of those shootings included the killing of 22 year old Alan Gomez. Mr. Gomez was sentenced to death by Officer Wallace because he held a spoon in his hand. The killing of an unarmed man cost the City of Albuquerque $500,000.

The event boasts (link to document):

“Well once again its time for the National Police Shooting Championships and we invite you to join us for days of shooting challenges, lots of fun and a chance to meet fantastic law enforcement professionals from all over the United States and international shooting team members.”

Is Officer Wallace one of these “fantastic” law enforcement professionals that they speak of? Is practicing shooting supposed to be fun for cops? Sure, I get it… shooting is a sport and these professionals want to show off their skills. But is that really appropriate? Why doesn’t the law enforcement field highlight professionals who end conflicts without having to shoot somebody? How about an award for that? Well, I doubt the NRA, Smith & Wesson, or Beretta (competition sponsors) would really want that. They want bullets to fly and people to die. That’s how they make BIG money.

NPSC Photo

Since my idea of honoring nonviolent police officers will probably never happen, what should we do? Well, let’s begin by boycotting the hotels that are hosting the event. The host hotel is:

Fairfield Inn University, 1760 Menaul Blvd N.E., Albuquerque, NM 87102, (505) 889-4000

The event will also hold classes at:

Crowne Plaza Albuquerque, 1901 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102, (505) 884-2500

The actual competitions will be held at:

Shooting Range Park, 16001 Shooting Range Access NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120, (505)836-8785, tpohl@cabq.gov

Oh yeah, please do not worry about the safety of hotel guests. Although they are around trigger happy cops who like to play with guns, the competition has strict rules to protect the innocent people in the hotels. The host hotel info sheet says:

An accidental discharge at the hotel or parking area or anywhere at the NPSC Range Facilities MAY result in the disqualification of a competitor…”

I am glad that they “MAY” be disqualified for an accidental discharge in the hotel. That should make everybody feel safe that there “MAY” be some consequence for firing a gun near innocent people.

All joking aside, we must do something to show the APD, NRA, and elected officials that this type of event is unacceptable in Albuquerque, in New Mexico, and in the United States. The “shoot first” militarized mentality of our law enforcement professionals needs to change. They are here to serve and protect… not shoot and murder.

Call, write, email, protest, and make your voice heard around the world. This is a disgusting competition that highlights everything that is wrong in law enforcement.

Comments

  1. It’s not so much that the event is disgusting per se, it’s the fact that ALL POLICE OFFICERS should be just as focused as shooting the right people, for the right reasons, rather than just shooting and killing willy-nilly like they do in Albuquerque. The event SHOULD include a SHOOT-DON’T SHOOT event. In that event, I am sure Albuquerque PD would come in dead last as witnessed by the outrageous constant needless taking of human life and the MILLIONS Albuquerque taxpayers have to cough up every year in settlements and court awards. And it’s not just the needless killings that are sickening: It’s the wife-murder, the stepfather murder, the rape of 13 and 14 year old girls, the auto insurance fraud rackets, the prostitute protection rackets, the drug-dealing and tipping off of drug dealers, the looting of the Albuquerque PD evidence room for decades with impunity. I am constantly AMAZED at the lack of outrage of Albuquerque residents.

  2. By the way, I am also AMAZED that it appears as though the News Stations KRQE Channel 13 and KOB Channel 4 HAVE BLOCKED ME from posting any comments using the very same information I used to log on and post at this web site. Albuquerque is literally becoming a POLICE STATE where comments are tightly regulated, even in the ALLEGEDLY web site public comments section of televised media and through even the Albuquerque Journal’s ‘Opinion’ and even ‘SpeakUp at AbqJournal. It’s sickening. I appreciate the opportunity to post on here!

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