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Morning Word: Three Police Oversight Commission members resign

Morning Word: Three Police Oversight Commission members resign

Three members of the Albuquerque Police Oversight Commission resigned on Tuesday, saying the process made a “mockery” of real oversight. All three of them said the group has no power, citing an April 10 message from the city attorney’s office as the final straw. They say they do not want to deceive citizens into thinking they do have effective civilian oversight. “I think they’re frustrated cause they’re just not getting the kind of power and oversight that … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: Martinez leads Dems in fundraising

Morning Word: Martinez leads Dems in fundraising

I hope you’ve filed your taxes. Monday was the deadline for reporting campaign finance reports for statewide, county, PRC, legislative candidates and more. NM Telegram rounded up the reports for most statewide races. The big one was the gubernatorial race where Gov. Susana Martinez raised $1.4 million and has over $4 million cash on hand. But more interesting is the fundraising in the Democratic primary, where one candidate put $450,000 of his own money into his campaign … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: APD starts process of instituting reforms

Morning Word: APD starts process of instituting reforms

The man Richard Berry tapped to aid in the clean-up of APD has a history with the SWAT team in APD — a group that was criticized in the recently-released DOJ report. That’s the same SWAT unit the DOJ stopped a hair short of calling a rogue element within the police department. The report says SWAT officers did what they wanted, when they wanted, how they wanted — and that “contribute(d) to the pattern of (APD’s) … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: DOJ report blasts APD, gets national coverage

Morning Word: DOJ report blasts APD, gets national coverage

The word of the day is “scathing.” The Department of Justice released its report on the Albuquerque Police Department and it was very critical. The Albuquerque Journal’s investigative reporter Mike Gallagher was on hand to cover the reveal of the report. Both federal and city officials expressed optimism, but Justice Department lawyers left no doubt about one thing: If they can’t reach an agreement, they are prepared to file a federal lawsuit to stop what they found during … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: DOJ report to be released today

Morning Word: DOJ report to be released today

The big news today will come at 10:00 am when the Department of Justice releases its report on the Albuquerque Police Department. KRQE has some facts about what led to the DOJ investigation including a timeline and a map showing where the shootings occurred. The Albuquerque Journal looks at how the whole thing came about (though the link sent me to a 404 error page at 1:00 am when this was finished). KOB cites “several independent sources” … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: Latest on APD, DOJ

Morning Word: Latest on APD, DOJ

Mayor Richard Berry named a deputy chief to oversee new Department of Justice reforms. DOJ is investigating APD after dozens of shootings over the past four years and will release a report tomorrow. The Albuquerque Journal follows on the reporting of KRQE, among others, who examines the possible costs following the DOJ report. The state Supreme Court will hear the appeal on the Sandra Jeff ballot case next week. The merits of the case were never heard, … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: DOJ report on APD coming Thursday

Morning Word: DOJ report on APD coming Thursday

The Department of Justice’s report on the Albuquerque Police Department is going to be released this Thursday. Interestingly the DOJ will speak with city and police officials only after they release the report. An overflowing and contentious city council meeting about APD was held Monday night — so crowded that they had to erect screens outside to handle all those who wanted to view it. Mayor Richard Berry did not attend and he usually does not … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: The races that will decide control of the House

Morning Word: The races that will decide control of the House

The Santa Fe New Mexican ran down the list of the ten battleground House districts that will decide control of the state House. Algin Mendez will appeal a District Court decision that took him off the primary ballot in House District 46. The judge ruled Mendez did not have enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot; the state Supreme Court will make the final decision on whether or not Mendez will face Rep. Carl Trujillo, … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: APD doesn’t need to wait to release label cam video

Morning Word: APD doesn’t need to wait to release label cam video

APD does not need to get permission from the FBI to release lapel video from an officer involved in the James Boyd shooting, despite APD chief Gorden Eden saying this is what APD was waiting on. “We are not going to release anything until we get proper authorization from the Department of Justice,” he said. However, KRQE has obtained the letter the FBI sent to Chief Eden, and it never says APD needs the Feds’ permission to … Read entire article »

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Morning Word: Berry asks DOJ to monitor APD, outlines reforms

Morning Word: Berry asks DOJ to monitor APD, outlines reforms

In the wake of highly visible public protests over Albuquerque Police Department shootings, Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry unveiled police reforms and wrote a letter to the Department of Justice asking them to put a monitor in place. Meanwhile, a 1997 report on APD outlines eerily similar problems. KRQE spoke to the author of the report. “What is it, 17 years later?” he said. “It’s disturbing to me that that problem wasn’t fixed, that things did not change. … Read entire article »

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