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Tenorio apologizes for block party incident...repeatedly

Posted: Jul 11, 2018 3:44 PM Updated:

It wasn't the kind of fireworks anyone was expecting at the Guam BBQ Block Party on Saturday night. Matter of fact Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio is still feeling the heat. That's because a complaint has officially been filed with the Guam Police Department now prompting an investigation by the Office of the Attorney General. Today, the Lt. Governor granted one on one interviews with island media and told KUAM News he doesn't believe a crime was even committed.

Our 20 minute interview with Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio could be summarized in less than 20 seconds. He's really sorry. "First off, he said in an exclusive livestream with KUAM News this morning, "I want to apologize." He reiterated throughout the interview, saying, "First off, again, I apologize," a sentiment he would echo throughout the piece, as he said:

 "I want to apologize to the officer."

"Again, I apologize to the officer."

"I do apologize."

"Again, I apologize for my actions."

"I apologize."

"I apologized to the officer directly,"

"I admit it was an error and I apologize."

"Again, I apologize."

"I apologize for my actions."

"Again, I apologize."

"I apologized to the officer."

"I will say again I do apologize."

"I apologize."

"I apologize for it."

 "So again, I apologize."

"I apologize for what I did."

"I apologize to him."

"I apologize to the officer."

So what happened at the Guam BBQ 'Glock' Party? the Lt. Governor, a former police officer and GPD instructor says he had about 2-3 beers, was on his way out when he saw a police officer whose pistol appeared to be unsecured in his holster. But KUAM sources say Tenorio didn't just go up to this officer once but several times.

"I was not harassing the officer," Tenorio maintained, "I was concerned for his public safety and the other persons that were there. I did what I thought was necessary because it looked to be an unsafe firearm."

Two former chiefs of police have criticized the Lt. Governor for his actions, saying that he acted recklessly and endangered the public because the firearm could have discharged. "I should have probably just pulled him to the side and said what's going on with the firearm in the holster it doesn't look right," he said.

On Tuesday the Guam Police Department confirmed an incident occurred and that it was gathering incident reports but because no criminal complaint was filed GPD was moving forward.  That changed hours later after a complaint was filed last night by Troy Torres at the Dededo Precinct. Torres alleged the Lt. Governor was drunk, approached Sgt. Carl Cruz from behind grabbed his gun and pointed the muzzle at the officer.

The two were wrangling over the gun. Sgt Cruz managed to get it back, but the Lt. Governor allegedly started badgering him.  KUAM obtained this surveillance video just moments before the Lt. Governor got in his white SUV to leave.

Tenorio recalled, "I was concerned as to why it came out of the holster and the reason that I saw that it looked like it might be unsafe and, so I was in fact trying to see the officer whether there was something at fault. It is a holster, is it a firearm, is there something else amiss and I understand. I didn't mean to embarrass him, I apologized to him and to the police officers that were I didn't mean to cause any problems and I take full responsibility for what happened."

After Torres filed his complaint, just after 1:30 this morning GPD issued a press release stating it had forwarded its preliminary findings and the complaint to the AG's Office for further investigation. The complaint alleges public intoxication, reckless conduct, disorderly conduct and official misconduct.  The AG's office later acknowledged receipt stating "it will be thoroughly and independently investigated by the Criminal Division".

As for the Lt. Governor he'll wait and see what happens but he's sorry and believes his actions were "well intended", as he said, "I don't believe crime was committed I did this for the right reasons, to protect public safety and the officer. I didn't do it to take possession of the firearm 1055 and so again I apologize to the officer, the Guam Police Department, the Governor, Chief of Police and the People of Guam."

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