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Vehicular homicide charges have been filed against APD Sergeant Adam Casaus.

The Bernalillo County Sheriff's office has charged Albuquerque Police Sergeant Adam Casaus with vehicular homicide and great bodily harm by vehicle for last month's accident that killed a 21-year-old woman and injured her younger sister.

According to the criminal complaint, Casaus operated his police issued SUV in a careless imprudent manner in the moments leading up to the accident, by knowingly entering an intersection against a red light without slowing. It was at this time the much larger Chevy Tahoe driven by Casaus slammed into the Honda SUV driven by two sisters.

The Honda passenger, 21-year-old Ashley Browder, died at the scene and her sister, 19-year-old Lindsey Browder, the driver, suffered a broken back and was transported to University of New Mexico Hospital where she was released a few days later.

Sergeant Casaus first reported that he was attempting to catch a possible drunk driver when the crash occurred. But IPRA request, filed by several media outlets of dispatch records, show that dispatchers didn't advise Casaus that a possible drunk driver was in the area and he never informed dispatch that he was in pursuit of a drunk driver.

Since the complaint has been filed Casaus has been moved from paid administrative assignment to paid administrative leave.

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The Daily Word in Albuquerque's "voluntary" minimum wage, Ganymedean slime mold and the Chubby Checker

Albuquerque restauranteur's decision not to pay the new minimum wage has sparked a call to boycott the business.

Some high ranking APD cops are the subjects of a new internal affairs investigation.

Competitive mass-shooting?

Documentary about the file-sharing site Pirate Bay premieres Friday.

Assange for Senator? Interesting new interview with the Wikileaks founder.

There was a diamond heist in Brussels.

There are Ganymedean slime molds all over the part of Siberia that was struck by a meteor.

Are drones armed with shotguns and grenade launchers and operated by local police departments in our terrible and absurd future?

The Chubby Checker app.

It appears the Chinese military is responsible for a great amount of cyber espionage world wide.

This record store only buys&sells copies of The White Album.

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The Daily Word in the Pope, Mama June, Mountain Dew for breakfast

Pope Benedict XVI announced that he will be resigning due to failing health, becoming the first Pope in 600 years to do so.

State police say two women were shot and killed when a gunman opened fire at a courthouse in Delaware.

Woman found dead on the side of the road at Coors and Montano appears to have been murdered.

A worried mother called police in Canada when her daughter pocket-dialed her during a horror film and she heard screaming.

Crash at Paseo and Eagle Ranch involving an APD cruiser leaves a member of the National Guard dead.

Scientists want YOU to help name Pluto's newly discovered moons.

Mama June, Honey Boo Boo's mom, claims to have lost 100 pounds without diet, exercise or surgery.

Mmm mmm ... Mountain Dew for breakfast.

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The Daily Word in immigration, sleep, cuddling cats

Police have arrested three people in connection with a nightclub fire that killed more than 230 people in southern Brazil over the weekend.

A bipartisan group of senators has agreed on a blueprint for a sweeping overhaul of the immigration system, including a pathway to American citizenship.

Head to room 308 at the capitol building in Santa Fe on a new gun control bill.

More sleep might equal a better memory. This makes my Monday morning just a bit better.

This handy dandy website lets you zoom in to your neighborhood and see how much rain was reported in the last 24 hours.

An Albuquerque police detective was arrested and charged with aggravated DWI on Saturday morning, but he said it was texting that made him drive badly, not the drinking.

New information has come out the a grand jury voted to indict the parents of slain child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey in 1999.

A giant visual list of 101 cats snuggling with stuffed animals.

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The Daily Word in A REPUBLICAN IN THE CABINET!?

Obama to nominate former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel to be the next Secretary of Defense.

Seven unsolved Albuquerque murders still remain after 2012.

RG3 injured his knee.

The minimum wage hike may be pushed into Bernalillo county.

America's oldest living citizen died at 114-years-old.

The kilogram has gotten heavier.

53 jokes in 4 minutes ... you'll laugh if your brain has time to get them.

It appears an Iowa day care may have been used as a Meth lab.

Get off the ice naked Alberta woman, you're drunk!

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The Daily Word in Scoville, Sheardown, Asperger's and Smith

Former Republican Congressional candidate Gary Smith is accused of slashing more tires than those of his opponent Janice Arnold-Jones.

Albuquerque police officers don't always turn on their lapel cameras.

Is Governor Susana Martinez trying to throw a wrench in New Mexico's Medical Cannabis Program?

Time Warner ditched Current TV after Al-Jazeera purchased it.

"The Widower" curry dish has six million Scoville units. Cayenne pepper has about 40,000 Scoville units.

No more Asperger's syndrome.

John Sheardown, a Canadian war hero and key player in six Americans' escape from Tehran in 1980, died last Sunday.

This Navy film about the dangers of bath salts will infotain you.

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The Daily Word in a female president, Japan gun laws, APS suspensions

South Korea elects first female president, conservative Park Geun-hye.

The sky (of The Pit) is falling!

Penn State scandal voted top sports story of the year (again).

APD officer arrested and accused of theft.

Tebow’s sad, sad story.

American pastor imprisoned in Iran while visiting family.

Rumors of school violence lead to 7 suspensions at Manzano High School.

Those darn foxes getting their heads stuck in everything.

A menagerie of adorable things that happened in 2012.

Viral videos.

How gun control works for Japan.

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The Daily Word in newspapers, DeLoreans and other nice dreams

Winners of the Albuquerque Walter White lookalike contest.

DA to resume probing officer-involved shootings. (The investigative grand jury process was suspended months ago after criticism that no jury had ever found a shooting unjustified.)

Santa Fe man gets his bass back 10 years later.

The terribly-named band fun. has gotten the most Grammy nominations.

Sen. Michelle Obama?

Gamelan ensemble covers Gang of Four’s “Not Great Men.”

R.I.P., Dave Brubeck.

Shit London photography contest. Awesome.

Some wealthy people are investing in newspapers.

5 things smart people do. 1) make numbered lists of things ....

DeLorean taxi.

Why X-Men continuity is forever hosed.

Also, Benedict Cumberbatch is in the next Star Trek movie as the villain.

China’s first jack-off competition is what it sounds like.

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Two years later: A look back at Mary Han

Mary Han
Courtesy of Rosario Lynn Vega
Mary Han

As the announcement broke Tuesday that our police force is under investigation by the feds, I was making the final edits to an article about civil rights lawyer Mary Han. She died two years ago, and though the Albuquerque Police Department declared her death a suicide, people who knew her say there’s no way.

The crime scene was so badly handled, according to her family, it will be nearly impossible to find out what happened to Han, an attorney who never shied away from taking on APD or the city. Twenty-six people—officers, APD brass, high-ranking city officials—went to Han’s house that day, according to the civil lawsuit.

I got a chance to speak with a friend of Han’s about her passion and dedication. If it could happen to her, it could happen to anyone, says the family’s attorney, Rosario Vega Lynn.

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The Daily Word in fat stacks, emo countries and Roasted Turkey Doritos

Someone in Arizona and someone in Missouri bought the winning tickets for the $587.5 million jackpot.

Ask two people in New Mexico to spot you some cash because this morning, they're millionaires.

Feds to probe the culture of APD.

Prompted by religion, a ENMU graduate returned toilet paper he stole from the school years ago.

The world's most emo countries, color-coded.

On Monday, there was no no violent crime in NYC. That anyone knows of.

And fast-food workers there go on strike.

The immortal jellyfish ages backward.

People in India arrested for political Facebook posts.

AP Style Guide—the rulebook for most media—bans the use of "homophobia" in favor of something "more neutral" ... ?

Holiday flavorcountry: Roasted Turkey Doritos.

Down in the dumps? There's a good chance you're going to spend your money foolishly. (Plus: Studies making fun of your spending habits a surefire cure for depression.)

Pro wrestler wants his Romney tattoo erased from his face.

V.21 No.48 | 11/29/2012
Mary Han
Courtesy of Rosario Lynn Vega

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Legal Legacy

Civil rights lawyer’s family sues APD and the city

When a local civil rights lawyer died, 26 people arrived at the scene. APD mishandled the case, say her family members, who are suing the police and the city.

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The Daily Word in car bombs, corporate malfeasance and old-school gift giving

Dozens reported dead after double car bomb explosions in Damascus.

APD officer ordered to take paid leave after neighbors report he encouraged them to fight.

Statistics kill yer Powerball buzz.

Major energy company exec. faces criminal charges in wake of 2010 coal mine disaster.

The EPA bars oil giant BP from getting new contracts.

APS leadership stonewalls TV news station.

Post-election bro-down.

Baby rhino arrives via FedEx.

Bernalillo County Commission candidate Simon Kubiak applied for a Metro Court judgeship.

Slayer holiday "jumper" (sweater?) unfortunately sold out.

Egocentric gift-giving tips.

Holiday gadget gift guide, 1952.

Japanese street performers, documented.

Fire retardant freakout.

Tree tents!

Shinichi Maruyama's frozen motion ("Nude").

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Feds Launch Full Investigation of APD

Scrutiny centers on civil rights violations and excessive use of force

It’s an announcement some community members have been waiting a long time to hear.

After a preliminary inquiry was initiated last year, Tom Perez, assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, says his office has collected enough evidence to initiate an investigation into whether the Albuquerque Police Department perpetrates a pattern of federal law violations.

“In particular, the investigation will focus on the use of force by APD, including but not limited to, the use of deadly force,” Perez said. The investigation will move as quickly as possible, he added, and his office’s chief priorities are to be fair, independent and thorough. “We will peel the onion to its core and leave no stone unturned. We will follow the facts wherever the facts lead us,” he said.

Jewel Hall, president of the Martin Luther King Jr. Multicultural Council, welcomed news of the investigation. “Areas that I hope they’ll also look at are diversity, the administration and the culture of the department,” Hall said.

Perez praised both Mayor Richard Berry and Chief of Police Ray Schultz for cooperating transparently with the preliminary review. Berry and Schultz emphasized they’ll continue to collaborate openly with federal investigators.

They also tried to put a positive spin on the announcement, saying they welcome any opportunity to improve the accountability and responsivity of APD. Berry said Albuquerque isn’t the only city with a police department subject to formal DOJ scrutiny.

“There have been 14 cities around the country that have gone through this recently,” he said. “I think policing is changing, and ... I’m proud of our police department. They’ve done a wonderful job at driving crime rates down. But if there’s things we need to fix, we’re not going to shy away.”

Berry said that more than 60 reforms the police department proactively enacted in the past year to training, policies and procedures have already made a difference.

He also defended his 2011 veto of a City Council request for the DOJ to investigate civil rights violations claims against the police department, saying he’d had concerns the legislation violated the Open Meetings Act.

“There are individual officers that are bad actors,” Schultz conceded, but added that rank-and-file officers themselves have been instrumental in indentifying areas for improvement. He said that he’s been aggressive about seeking out nationwide best practices to put into place here.

“I came back to this organization because I was confident knowing what the department’s capable of and what I can do for the city,” said Schultz, responding to a question about whether he’s still the right man for the job. “I could easily turn and run away. I’ve done 30 years. I’ve got my time in. But no, this to me is a challenge—to bring the department to the highest level possible.

Perez said his office is seeking feedback and information from community members about APD conduct. Citizens can email the DOJ investigative team at community.albuquerque@usdoj.gov or call a toll-free voicemail box in English or Spanish at (855) 544-5134.

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The Daily Word in APD probe, Miley's pig and milk for inmates

U.S. Justice Department announces it will investigate APD.

APD officer accused of encouraging neighbors to brawl to settle a dispute.

Smoking is dumb for you.

Best prank ever. By which we mean freaking scariest.

Napping baby art.

San Juan County inmates nearly riot over lack of milk at breakfast.

That Facebook privacy notice everyone's posting won't help you at all.

Bigfoot DNA results. Finally.

Albuquerque Authorities name their baby rhino Chopper rather than Bonbornio.

Scared red panda.

PETA gave Miley Cyrus a pig for her birthday. She didn't get it.

Fiona Apple cancels a tour to spend time with her dying pit bull, Janet.

L.A. might ban circuses from having pachyderms. (Also, best Primus song.)

Worst logos ever.

Happy birthday, Bruce Lee and Jimi Hendrix.

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The Daily Word in Israel, miracle Lobos, Nativity spats

Israel is prepared to send troops into Gaza, but would still prefer a diplomatic solution.

Alford’s Lobos snag a miracle 70-69 win over George Mason, head to the Pacific Jam tournament final against #23 UConn.

Fight over Nativity displays in California heading to court.

Twinkies will survive!

Some animals were in fact harmed in the making of The Hobbit.

Two APD officers under investigation for sexual misconduct.

Curiosity rover suggests that astronauts might be able to survive on Mars.

Bill Nye and Shia LeBeouf: A glorious combination.

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez appear to be back together.

Nob Hill business owners will meet tonight to duke it out over food trucks.

The juice train.

Apparently the KC Chiefs killed a guy.

Gas prices drop in New Mexico, AAA shows state at below the national average (finally something we WANT to be below average!).

Hubble may have photographed its farthest galaxy yet.

If you are going to counterfeit bills, at least use the right president.

Ah, action figures.

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