ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - We've learned the state is finally doing something about a long list of bad cops; recently stripping six of them of the right to ever be cops again. But, the state still has a long way to go catch up.
Some of them are household names for all the wrong reasons. But the state agency that strips bad cops of their licenses to wear a badge is finally going after them.
Remember April Sánchez ? The foul mouth APD cop arrested for drunk driving and trashing up her ex's car; who was then popped leaving a casino hammered and punching and officer there. She can no longer be a cop the board took away her certification in July.
Then there is Matt Kindle the Albuquerque cop accused of working a side job as a pimp's helper. He was arrested a year ago after he was caught on camera in an undercover sting trying to bribe a hooker for sex. The director of the state law enforcement academy board has recently recommended he also be stripped of his certification; setting the stage for the full LEA board to bar Kindle from ever being a cop again in New Mexico.
Remember John Doyle and Robert Woolever ? They were caught on a parking garage surveillance camera early last year kicking a suspect. They were both fired but are fighting to get their jobs back. They agreed to not work as officers until the board decides their case, which is now on the docket.
The board is still dealing with a backlog of pending cases; a list that now includes accused wife killer Levi Chavez . He was charged with murder and fired from APD a year and a half ago.
We've learned one high-profile former cop was stripped last month of his right to ever wear a badge again, Alfred Lovato . Of course he was a state police sergeant and attorney Carlos Fierro's passenger when Fierro hit and killed a man in a drunk driving crash, and took off.
The LEA says it has a stack of seventy cases for cops around the state, who could have their law enforcement licenses suspended or yanked for good. The board meets again in October. Last time they met, which was in July, they knocked out twenty cases.
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