I love the smell of capitalism burning in the morning

Ray Schultz, the former police chief of the embattled Albuquerque Police Department that the DOJ is investigating, has been accused of improperly accepting perks and consulting work from Taser International in return for assisting the company to be awarded a lucrative $1.95 million no-bid contract to supply the department with body cameras. His accuser is the New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller who recently completed an audit of the department. Keller says Schultz started working as a consultant for Taser International when he was still employed and being paid as the police chief.

Amy Connolly of the UPI reports,

The state auditor’s office found Schultz and others in the police department received a number of perks from Taser as they helped secure the contract, including tickets to a party at a San Diego nightclub, an all-expenses paid trip to Scottsdale, Ariz., for training and speaking engagements in Texas.

“The contracts between the city and Taser circumvented the competitive process, or, in former APD Chief Raymond Shultz’s own words, the process was ‘greased.’ The taxpayers are not well served when the process is gamed by our leaders,” Keller said.

Schultz denies wrongdoing.

I love the smell of capitalism burning in the morning.

6 Responses to I love the smell of capitalism burning in the morning

  1. Bill Taylor says:

    i hate to disagree with you but this story is NOT capitalism on any level…….

  2. MichelleO says:

    “I love the smell of capitalism burning in the morning.”

    NO, I’m afraid that’s the long-suffering citizenry you smell burning.

  3. Two sides to a story says:

    APD seems to do one thing after another . . .

  4. A $1.95 million NO-BID contract!?!? I’m accustomed to bidding any item or service that’s anticipated to cost more than $500!

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