Copwatch heads Downtown on Saturday night
Below is an e-mail interview with Derek Minno Bloom, one of the founders of Albuquerque's Copwatch. The Alibi talked to him in September, when the organization was getting started. I checked in earlier this week to see how things are going with the citizen observation group.
How many times has the group formally gone out?
How many of you go?
Do you have Copwatch shirts so you're easily identified?
What has the reaction been?
APD has been very respectful. One officer even thanked us for our work and said that APD does need to be held accountable.
Some police officers have refused to give us their names or badge numbers, which is illegal: We have the right to know who our public servants are in the U.S. But that has been the worst of it.
Have you seen anything important?
For more info, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or look up "Albuquerque Copwatch" on Facebook.
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