Governor Grisham Violates Her Own Law on Law Enforcement Body CamerasBrett Kokinadis
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Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Administration Lacks Compliance With Law Enforcement Body Cameras Act
Santa Fe, NM, Tuesday, June 14, 2022 – A complaint has been filed with the State of New Mexico Attorney General’s Office against Governor Grisham, NM State Police, and the Department of Public Safety for lack of Law Enforcement Body Camera records.
The law Governor Grisham signed nearly two years ago requires the use of body cameras any time law enforcement engages with a public member, including the Governor’s detail, and must be retained for at least 120 days.
On May 16, 2022, an Inspection of Public Records request was issued to the New Mexico Department of Public Safety (DPS) requesting all video records from the Governor’s security detail, including body and vehicle footage.
Six recordings which appear to be tests conducted on recording equipment, were provided with critical date and time stamps removed.
“With the Governor’s busy calendar, recent events hosted at the residence, campaign activities, and personal travel out of state, it’s expected that there would be additional records. But, instead, what was received was nothing more than tampered, staged videos to provide the appearance of compliance with the law Governor Grisham signed.”, Kokinadis said.
The Governor and her security detail violated their own “Law Enforcement Body Cameras Act” which the Governor signed into law on July 8, 2020.
“These actions continue to demonstrate that Governor Grisham perceives herself above the law and the policies she’s enacted. The number of complaints and lawsuits filed against the Governor for violating campaign finance law, campaign compliance, and IPRA are approaching colossal levels, some of which Stop MLG has filed and have been upheld.”, Kokinadis continued.