Kenneth Skeens

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Service Record

Albuquerque New Mexico Police Department

Rank Officer
Dates of Service June 9, 2018[1] - February 3, 2023.[2]
Salary $68,411 (2022)[3]
Last Known Status Terminated[2]

Incident Reports

2022 Arrest of Shopper

News report with body-worn camera footage

On August 19, 2022, Skeens and officers Marcos Flores and Gregory Radigan approached a man who was struggling to pay for a purchase at a store. The officers believed that they had been asked by the store's security guard to remove the man. Skeens and Radigan dragged the man from the store and handcuffed him.[4]

The man was charged with concealing identity, and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer.[4]

The incident was captured on the officers' body-worn cameras.[4]

Response Timeline

The department opened an investigation.[4]

In October 2022, the charges against the man were dismissed because he was found not competent to stand trial.[4]

The department claimed that "there was not a lawful objective to arrest [the man]".[4]

On February 3, 2023, Skeens was fired.[2]

On July 13, 2023, the state's Attorney General charged Skeens with false imprisonment, filing of a false police report, perjury, and battery.[5][6]

On August 7, 2023, Skeens pleaded not guilty.[7]

2022 Death of Keshawn Thomas

Response Timeline

The department's Internal Affairs Force Division investigation found that the officers violated department policies. Skeens violated the de-escalation policy and was suspended for 8 hours. The investigation found the shooting to be "necessary, reasonable, minimal and proportional pursuant the perceived imminent and immediate threat".[2]

The family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city, the department, the chief, and the three officers.[8]

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