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Prosecutors and defense attorneys have long kept secret lists of cops they didn’t trust to testify in court. For the first time, part of that list is now public and we’re naming names.

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Transparency and policing. Transparency plays a pivotal role in creating accountability and rebuilding public trust in law enforcement. But while studies have shown that better community relations often lead to increased public safety, police agencies often condemn transparency efforts as “anti-cop.”

There have recently been efforts around the country to publicly name police officers who end up on the “bad cop list,” and some states have been successful in their efforts. New Mexico allows that list to remain secret but one district attorney is trying to make at least part of it public.

For the first time, The Paper. is publishing the names of officers whose credibility as a witness in court has been questioned by the District Attorney’s Office. We also asked law enforcement leaders why some of these officers are still allowed to hold their positions if attorneys on both sides have determined that they aren’t trustworthy. Their answers may surprise you.

Ultimately, community voices, police legitimacy and public safety are inextricably linked. All institutions require criticism and accountability to improve and grow—the police are no different.

On newsstands this week, our feature reporting from The Paper. explores ABQ’s bad cop list and, as a digital subscriber, you get it here first.


The Bad Cop List

A Secret List of Albuquerque’s Untrustworthy Cops Goes Public

By Tierna Unruh-Enos, The Paper.

Wed. May 18, 2021

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