Dear friends and neighbors:
After Albany County Attorney Peggy Trent rejected the petition you signed requesting officer video footage of the killing of Robbie Ramirez, we didn’t take “no” for an answer.
On Tuesday, Nov. 27, ACoPP and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Wyoming joined forces to submit an official request for public records from Albany County officials.
This time, we asked for more.
Since Albany County officials had invited select members of the press to view the dash and body camera footage, we asked that other Albany County community members have the same opportunity. If the officials wouldn’t release the video, why not just let people come down to the county building and watch what the journalists watched?
But Trent denied this request. She claims that one public screening was okay, but any more public screenings might compromise the ongoing investigation.
Make sense? We don’t think so, either. View Trent’s full response here.
We also asked for information about who was invited to the Albany County officials’ special screening of the dash and body camera footage. Trent shared some of this information, but said other correspondence about the press conference contained “privileged legal advice to the Albany County Sheriff’s Office.” She said that, “A few emails regarding this issue do exist, but these communications are attorney-client privileged.”
It makes sense that the Albany County Attorney would represent the Albany County Sheriff’s Department. But this situation raises serious concerns about Trent’s conflicts of interest. Will she need to recuse herself as the prosecuting attorney on a case involving a county employee, since it’s her job to defend the county?
These are troubling questions. We’re not going to stop until we get satisfactory answers.
But in the meantime, we want to hear from someone else: YOU, and all other Albany County community members concerned about Robbie Ramirez’s death. That’s why ACoPP will be hosting a public forum soon. We want to hear your ideas on how to keep a tragedy like this from happening again, and how you want our peace officers to serve our community.
We’re working out the details of the forum now and will let you know as soon as they’re finalized. We will be inviting everyone to join. After all, law enforcement serves every single member of the community, and they should know how we want them to serve us.
We’ll be in touch.