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Las Cruces Chief Patrick Gallagher resigning amid police uproar nationally and locally

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico -- Las Cruces police Chief Patrick Gallagher is stepping down after about a year and a half on the job, sources tell ABC-7.

Gallagher is submitting his resignation to city leaders and plans to retire effective Aug. 1.

His departure comes in the midst of a firestorm of negative attention towards police departments around the country.

Locally, the Las Cruces Police Department is dealing with an officer-involved choke-hold death that resulted in protests and the firing and criminal charging of the officer. A lawsuit is also pending by the family of the victim.

According to city officials, Gallagher has served in law enforcement for more than 30 years. He replaced Jaime Montoya as the LCPD chief.

According to a biography compiled by the Santa Fe New Mexican, Gallagher had worked for 23 years in the New York City Police Department, climbing the ranks from patrol officer to deputy inspector. During that time, he had stints heading the NYPD's internal affairs bureau as well as commanding recovery operations at "Ground Zero" in the wake of the 9/11 terror attack.

Gallagher came to New Mexico in 2009, when he was named police chief of Truth or Consequences. He would hold that post for three years before being tapped to oversee internal affairs for the Santa Fe Police Department. When the Santa Fe chief abruptly stepped down in 2015, Gallagher assumed that role before coming to Las Cruces.

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  1. This officer just had enough of the grief the local governments are demanding kneeling to the far left hater. Don’t blame him. The policies are placed in place by the mayor, city council and others then expect the police to adhere to their stupid policies. Then when sh*t hits the fan, they blame the police. Never touches the idiots that placed them in place to begin with. Thank you for your service Chief. Fair winds and following sea.

  2. Police officers are under unfair burdens because of the actions of a few bad apples. I have deep respect for the majority of police officers who will shrug it all off and keep doing their best to protect and serve. We all owe those a debt of gratitude.

  3. He’s resigning in protest of the governor saying she’s gonna have police “aggressively enforce” her orders. Cops know what’s right and wrong and the one’s who are egotistical maniacs will use this order to kill someone and the governor will be responsible. She is telling the residents of NM you will listen or else I will use the police to intimidate. Gallagher knew Wuhan was gonna put them in bad situations and then make the police the bad guy after. You’re gonna have too many calls and have half the force investigating a mask report while property crimes goes unchecked.

  4. For what? The p.o.s. ex-con CRIMINAL ran away.

    Don’t run away…don’t resist. Don’t be a p.o s. Criminals are pure garbage, like all Democrats.

  5. “Family of ex-con” p.o s. demands “justice.”

    Translation: family of ex-con piece of Schiff want to hit the GHETTO LOTTERY.

    Piece of trash dies, so you sue. Live “large” in Vegas, wherever.

  6. You guys are just a bunch of loudmouth right wingers letting out steam. Police must be held accountable for their mistakes just like everybody else in this world. For too long Police have been deemed untouchable because of the work they do. For your information, they are just people like everyone else and when they screw up they also have to face the consequences of their mistakes. 99% of Police are outstanding citizens, but there is always that 1% that screw it up for all the others. Covering up for a few bad apples helps no one.

  7. Some of you can keep hoping that bad actors in police departments can keep committing crimes, but I’ll guarantee you the days of them getting away with criminal behavior behind a badge is over with. Good cops have no problem with that fact.

  8. I see a lot of love coming out of the mouths of ultra liberals. Talk about strange. They are loving cops and each other which is a contradiction in itself. Typical left strategy to put decent folks at ease and leave their guard down so they can later spew their hate towards cops and law and order later any anyone that disagrees with them. They can compliment themselves all they want. Since they all belong to the same slime alberto muerto’s 50 mentally unstable personalities.

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