It’s been about 5 months since a problem cop killed a teenage girl with a shot in the back. Among the many unanswered questions was how officer Jeremy Dear connected Mary Hawkes with the trailer park APD stormed in the early hours, flushing her out and gunning her down as she fled. Now we know: officer Sonny Molina broke the law to locate her. Had Molina followed the rules, a young girl might have been arrested and brought to justice, instead of killed in haste. The City will face another huge lawsuit over police misconduct and APD will feel even more besieged and certain the citizens who employ them are the enemy. It was all avoidable.
Note also that APD went to the trouble to obtain a search warrant 10 days after Hawkes was killed. Brazen ass-covering.
Warrantless cellphone search led police to Mary Hawkes | Albuquerque Journal News By Nicole Perez / Journal Staff Writer, PUBLISHED: Friday, September 5, 2014 at 5:52 pm
.Albuquerque police might never have found 19-year-old Mary Hawkes in the early morning hours before she was fatally shot by an officer had they not searched a cell phone found in a stolen truck Hawkes had abandoned.
Whether that search was proper is questionable, some attorneys now say.
I’ve rearrange the info from the linked article into a more cogent timeline. It doesn’t make sense.
- The truck was reported stolen April 10 [2 weeks prior to shooting]
- police spotted Hawkes driving a stolen Ford F-150 pickup truck at 3 a.m [she said ‘hi’ to officer Sonny Molina at a stoplight!]
- An officer tailed her, but she disappeared [officer Jeremy Dear]
- officer spotted the truck abandoned and identified Hawkes through items left inside the truck [what items?]
- officer then found a prior address of Hawkes, at a nearby trailer park [see next item]
- Hawkes has never been a resident at the park [see previous two items]
- At 5am, police blockade park and announce they will release dogs [two hours after sighting Hawkes]
- multiple residents saw Hawkes jump the park’s east wall and run across Wyoming minutes before shots were heard
- Hawkes encountered Dear on the east side of Wyoming.
- Eden said “preliminary evidence” suggests Hawkes pulled out the handgun and pointed it at Dear
It is crucial for APD to specify what items were found and how they led to a park Hawkes was not a resident of. Note that Hawkes was known to sleep in vehicles.