“We’re a team, aren’t we? We both have the same goal of driving the bad guy away, and for some reason the prosecutor’s relationship and the sex crimes have gotten worse,” Dyer said.
“Sgt. Wild would not share any information with you so that you can work by your side on what to do,” she added.
Romero said cases are created through the exchange of information.
“She (Sgt. Wild) would give orders or orders, you know, not to speak to the prosecutors, or we had disciplinary team meetings that had prosecutors present, sexual assault investigators present, victim attorneys present and she would order us not to speak during these meetings, “said Romero.” It has hindered our jobs. “
District Attorney Raul Torrez also had concerns in September 2019. He sent a letter to Mike Geier, the boss at the time, which said: “APD Sex Crimes Sergeant Amanda Wild … will not give any case files to the prosecutor. APD will not give any information, my office is unable to do its part to help address the serious public safety problem that this backlog has created. ”
Romero and Dyer also said Wild did not allow them to enter information from rape kits into databases. Dyer said when she made her own spreadsheet to track down serial rapists in Albuquerque, Wild got her to get rid of them.
“When I did the backlog, I started tracking down serial offenders based on just what I was going to get out of the case, and I had to put everything into that database,” Dyer said. âI’ve connected the dots. I started documenting names that appeared in more than one report – serial offenders. When Sgt. Wild walked in she asked me about the list and I think there were over 20 names on it and we hadn’t even gone through the entire backlog, but she told me to stop recording serial offenders. “
Solid records and the use of databases to match DNA or look for patterns in crimes are the way cases are resolved, the detectives said.
“If we had used a database, I think we could have tracked down a lot more serial rapists, serial offenders who could have prevented other rapes, but it wasn’t used,” said Romero.
When detectives Dyer and Romero raised concerns, their lawsuit alleged that they had been dismissed. For Dyer, the lawsuit claims she learned that funding for her position was cut an hour after her meeting with APD staff.
Romero was on leave.
“The biggest losers are the people of Albuquerque and the biggest winners are the serial rapists because this is a place they can come and do over and over,” said lawyer Shannon Kennedy, who represents Dyer and Romero.
KOB 4 asked to speak to Sgt. Wild, but APD declined the request. In an interview she conducted with KOB 4 in 2019, she said: “It’s my passion – I want to be there to help this one victim.”
An APD spokesman was unable to comment on certain allegations in the lawsuit as a lawsuit is pending, but he sent an email with the message, “Sgt. Amanda Wild has been reassigned to the Sex Crimes Division to address pre-existing issues.The Sex Crimes Unit has addressed previous concerns, which has helped the unit successfully clean up the rape equipment backlog, generate DNA matches, and further investigate in Carry out cases that would otherwise not have been resolved. “