By Marisa Demarco
— Reporter Carolyn Carlson, Managing Editor Margaret Wright and I just went down to the Albuquerque Police Department’s records office to pick up the results of an IPRA request I filed on April 1 for all of the audio and video of the police department’s fatal shootings since 2010. Here’s a blow-by-blow of what happened.
The clerk at the records office told us to check in with the APD security desk. We did, and the officer there called up to say we were there to pick up the results of an IPRA request. We waited in the lobby, and after about five minutes a city IPRA specialist came down with three bulky manila envelopes with my name on them. She handed them to us, and we returned to the records office to pay the $1,160 fee.
I turned over the cash, and signed the IPRA office’s invoice. The clerk went to write or print a receipt. But then she returned with the money, saying the city attorney had decided not to release the records Wright was holding. She returned our cash to us.
We held onto the records. I called former New Mexico Foundation for Open Government Director Gwyneth Doland. Carlson made some calls to consult an attorney. Wright snapped photos.
The IPRA specialist said she had to take the records out of the room to ask someone a question. I replied that I wasn’t comfortable with them leaving the room. She said it didn’t matter whether I was comfortable because I hadn’t paid (remember, the clerk gave us our money back). We waited. Eventually, David Torres (whose title I’m not yet sure of) came in to say we could have them after all, so we re-paid and left.