V.23 No.31 | 7/31/2014
Justice Department Issues Joint Statement of Principles With City of Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Reform Albuquerque Police Department
ALBUQUERQUE – The Justice Department (DOJ) today announced it has signed a joint statement of principles with the City of Albuquerque, New Mexico, which reflects the good-faith intent of both sides to enter into a court-enforceable agreement to reform the Albuquerque Police Department (APD). The joint statement of principles publicly specifies the measures that DOJ and the City are undertaking in order to resolve the findings resulting from DOJ’s investigation into use of force by APD. On April 10, 2014, following an extensive investigation, DOJ found reasonable cause to believe that APD engages in a pattern or practice of use of excessive force, including unreasonable deadly force.
Following the release of the findings letter DOJ and the City each separately reached out to numerous stakeholders across Albuquerque to hear their ideas and concerns about the reform of APD. Attorneys and staff of the department have spoken to police officers, city officials, mental health service providers, advocacy organizations, individuals who have been personally affected by APD’s past conduct and other community members. DOJ has held dozens of meetings and met with hundreds of people across the city. Through these efforts, both sides have gained important insights into officers’ and the community’s concerns that will shape the final agreement. DOJ is encouraged by the feedback it has received and is committed to sustainable reforms that will ensure APD delivers services in a manner that respects the rights of residents, promotes mutual confidence between the police and the community and improves public and officer safety.
“This agreement marks an important step forward in addressing the unreasonable use of deadly force uncovered in our investigation into the Albuquerque Police Department,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. “The residents of Albuquerque depend on their police department to serve their community with honor and integrity. In the overwhelming majority of cases, our dedicated law enforcement officials—who put their lives on the line every day—do just that. But when misconduct does occur, we will never hesitate to act in order to secure the civil rights of everyone in this country. As a result of our ongoing action, I am confident that the Albuquerque Police Department will be able to correct troubling practices, restore public trust, and better protect its citizens against all threats and dangers—while providing the model of professionalism and fairness all Americans deserve.”
“We commend the city for engaging in good-faith negotiations to reach a court-enforceable agreement that will ensure sustainable reforms of APD,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Jocelyn Samuels for the Civil Rights Division. “The joint statement of principles provides the community with our commitment to work expeditiously with the city to craft a durable agreement that will resolve our findings and will ensure that APD provides effective and constitutional policing to the people of Albuquerque.”
“Since the release of DOJ’s findings letter, we have asked for and received valuable ideas and insights from officers, members of the community, representatives of many organizations, and others who have a stake in the future of our community,” said U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez for the District of New Mexico. “We are thankful to everyone who has spoken to us. The anticipated final court-enforceable agreement, which we hope to enter into with the city of Albuquerque, is already stronger because of the input we have received.”
DOJ and the City have released the joint statement of principles to inform APD officers and the Albuquerque community that their concerns and ideas have been heard and that their ongoing participation will be critical to achieving sustainable reform. Specifically, the joint statement of principles announces that DOJ and the City expect to develop reforms in the eight areas outlined in the department’s findings letter: use of force policies, interactions with individuals with mental illness and other disabilities, tactical units, training, internal investigations and civilian complaints, management and supervision, recruitment and selection of officers, and community engagement and oversight. The joint statement of principles also indicates that the goal is to reach a court-enforceable agreement that will be overseen by an independent monitor. A copy of the complete joint statement of principles is attached.
During the negotiation process, DOJ remains interested in obtaining recommendations and information related to reforms from the public. DOJ continues to monitor the APD community hotline, which is available for both English and Spanish speakers, (855) 544-5134 and the APD community email address.
V.23 No.28 |
The Daily Word: All Clickbait Edition
By Ty Bannerman [ Wed Jul 16 2014 11:14 AM ]
It's Wednesday, July 16, and all you people want is clickbait? I'll give you some damned clickbait. Clickbait that will SHOCK YOU.
This woman ran from State Police, and you'll never guess what happened next! They shot her. I bet you could have guessed that, actually.
Another woman left her dog in a hot car in T or C, and what this police officer did may give you decidedly mixed feelings.
Activists in Santa Fe are pushing for a new law that will change marijuana possession FOREVER.
Here's the NUMBER ONE reason the CDC is going to try and not contaminate its samples with anthrax anymore.
The Ku Klux Klan has been giving away candy to neighborhood kids, and their parents are upset about it. You'll never guess why!
660 pedophiles got arrested in Britain with this one weird law enforcement trick.
There. Now make with the clicky-click. CLICK IT. JUST CLICK IT.
V.23 No.23 |
The Daily Word in the SPU shooting, same-sex marriage polls and "Desiree"
By Mark Lopez [ Fri Jun 6 2014 9:41 AM ]
A shooting at Seattle Pacific University left one student dead and a couple others wounded.
Hundreds of New Yorkers gathered today to pay respects to Prince Joshua (P.J.) Avitto, a 6-year-old boy from Brooklyn who was stabbed and killed in an elevator.
A Virgina base is on lockdown after a stabbing this morning. A suspect hasn't been apprehended.
According to a Washington Post/ABC poll, about 50 percent of America thinks same-sex marriage is a constitutional right.
If you're going to the Albuquerque Sunport, watch out for “Desiree.”
Mayor Richard Berry responds to the protest that took over his office.
Five teens in Santa Fe who shot at cars with BB guns called the cops on themselves when one of their victims started chasing them.
APD Chief Gorden Eden wants the police union to cooperate with DOJ reviews and reforms.
It looks like police officers in Spokane aren't allowed to make whoopee on the job anymore.
V.23 No.21 |
The Daily Word in Detroit carjackers, New Mexico oil and a jailhouse stripper
By Mark Lopez [ Fri May 23 2014 9:33 AM ]
A postage stamp honoring Harvey Milk, a gay civil rights leader who was assassinated in 1978, has been unveiled.
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert thinks states not defending same-sex marriage bans is “the next step toward anarchy.” If that's the case, chaos couldn't be sweeter.
Google is creating a tablet with “advanced vision capabilities.” If it doesn't make you invisible, I don't care.
Last night, Albuquerque police shot and killed a man who is suspected of attacking a woman and then stabbing a good samaritan who tried to help her.
According to New Mexico State Police, at least six people died in a car crash involving multiple vehicles on I-10.
The oil industry is drawing more folks to certain parts of New Mexico.
Birdland, a local store in Nob Hill, was broken into yesterday morning, apparently another in a series of Nob Hill businesses that have been “compromised.”
After Miami police arrested a strip club employee, she decided to give them a show right in the jail cell.
V.23 No.20 |
The Daily Word in a mad doggy, New Mexico's most wanted and police chief camera sex
By Mark Lopez [ Fri May 16 2014 9:18 AM ]
In case you're sad about Barbara Walters leaving “The View,” you can read about how she wants to spend her retirement.
Police try to categorize what kind of killer Aaron Hernandez is … you know … in case he gets convicted.
Charity Johnson, a 34-year-old woman from Texas, was arrested after posing as a high school student for nearly a year.
Police unions across the nation are pushing for workers' compensation if they suffer from PTSD.
Since ABQ Pride is coming up, here's a little snippet of milestones in the effort to legalize gay marriage, as compiled by the Miami Herald.
Mason Campbell, the 12-year-old suspect in January's Roswell Middle School shooting, is expected to plead guilty at today's hearing.
It's “America's Most Wanted”—New Mexico style. Okay, it's New Mexico's Most Wanted.
“Naia” is apparently proof that modern Native Americans and the first Americans share common ancestors.
V.23 No.18 |
The Daily Word in a Baltimore sinkhole, penis pills and wild, wild horses
By Mark Lopez [ Fri May 2 2014 9:46 AM ]
Police in Minnesota say they prevented a disaster by stopping a teen from bombing schools and killing his family.
Joel McHale of “The Soup” and “Community” talks about being the emcee at the upcoming White House Correspondents' Dinner.
The US unemployment rate dropped 6.3 percent, “the best performance in two years,” as 288,000 jobs were added in April.
A carjacking last night at the CVS Pharmacy at Eubank and Menaul ended with a man being shot multiple times in the chest.
Alpha Kappa Alpha, a historic black sorority, brings an undergraduate chapter to UNM.
The Navajo Nation has come up with a plan to manage wild horses and keep them from going to slaughter houses.
State Auditor Hector Balderas is asking for an FBI investigation after former Tierra Amarilla Land Grant Board President Dennis Wells allegedly used tax payers' money on casinos and penis pills.
V.23 No.17 |
The Daily Word in five-0, blue meanies and The Man
By August March [ Thu Apr 24 2014 12:33 PM ]
The cop at the center of the latest APD-involved fatal shooting lied about his role in another shooting, says the LA Times.
Here is a story about shooting victim Mary Hawke’s short life.
The Grey Lady reports “Chief Gorden Eden said at a news conference that the officer’s lapel camera had not captured” the latest officer involved fatality here in Burque.
Gwyneth Doland of Al-Jazeera reports on the ineffective use of police body cameras among members of Albuquerque’s finest.
Discussions are underway to make lapel camera use by APD an enforceable requirement.
The UN Human Rights Committee reports that among human rights violations in the USA, criminalization of the homeless is a pressing issue.
V.23 No.16 | 4/17/2014
Statement From the Department of Justice Condemning Threats of Violence Against Police Officers
ALBUQUERQUE – Last week the Department of Justice announced findings that the Albuquerque Police Department has systemic failures that have led to a pattern or practice of unconstitutional use of force, including deadly force. Although these problems are serious and run deep, we have the commitment of the City to work together to bring about meaningful reform within the Albuquerque Police Department.
We have learned that fliers advocating violence against police officers are being disseminated in Albuquerque. The Justice Department condemns threats of violence against police officers, and encourages all sectors of the community to participate in the critical dialogue that will bring about the reform that will promote constitutional policing and will rebuild the community’s trust in its Police Department. The path to reform is through dialogue among the City, the Police and the many communities that make up Albuquerque, and the negotiation and implementation of a court-enforceable agreement.
Individuals who wish to have input into developing the reforms or who have information relevant to the Justice Department’s investigation into the use of force by the Albuquerque Police Department are encouraged to contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling our toll free number, (855) 544-5134, which is available for both English and Spanish speakers.
V.23 No.13 |
The Daily Word in the fuzz, the po-po and la chota
By August March [ Thu Mar 27 2014 11:11 AM ]
Over at the Journal, UpFront columnist Leslie Linthicum tells the dude in charge of APD that, contrary to his exhortation, "we’re not good."
The APD shootings are scaring away much-needed tourists, businesses and retirees.
NM Attorney General Gary King will launch an investigation into the two latest fatal shootings.
Even the Guardian has a photo of an unsmiling, visibly uncomfortable Mayor Berry reacting to the Foothills shooting.
Local Police Union President Stephanie Lopez has some insight into the officers involved in the Foothills shooting.
Those clever internetz folk in Guy Fawkes masks are very interested in our police department’s web presence.
The Las Cruces Police Department has declined Mayor Berry’s request to investigate the March 16, 2014 APD shooting.
This week’s Economist turns a critical eye toward the militarization of America’s police.
The Voice of Russia has similar coverage of our nation’s descent.
Oh well ... At least K-9 Rico, a Belgian Malinois, will probably live.
V.23 No.12 |
The Daily Word in golden parachutes, flight MH370 and Hawaii's prostitution
By Mark Lopez [ Fri Mar 21 2014 9:28 AM ]
No debris has been found after the second day of an international search for missing Malaysia flight MH370.
I want an $80 million golden parachute!
A motel on the Jersey shore caught fire this morning, leaving at least three people dead and others injured.
Doris Lark, 71, and Floy Watson, 74, say they didn't steal the scrapbooks.
A pedestrian was killed last night while trying to cross I-40 near Route 66 Casino.
A man has been put in jail after he allegedly “targeted” an Albuquerque police officer and his family.
A video of the Foothills shooting on March 16 has surfaced.
A woman withdrew her membership to Planet Fitness because they told her that her body was too rockin'.
V.23 No.9 |
The Daily Word in a not-so-dead guy, an epic b-ball shot and Vermont's heroin
By Mark Lopez [ Fri Feb 28 2014 10:01 AM ]
President Barack Obama sheds light on the problems of young minorities in America.
A federal appeals court ruled that it wasn't unconstitutional to ask students to remove shirts with the American flag during a Cinco de Mayo celebration in 2010 at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill.
You ever watch a movie on Netflix and fall asleep in the middle? And when you wake up, you can't remember where you left off? It looks like some engineers found a solution.
Wanna know what Jaws was like? Some researchers got the scoop …
“I was shocked at the depth of addiction here,” James W. Baker, former director of the Vermont State Police, said in regards to Vermont's current heroin “epidemic.”
Just in case you missed the basketball game, watch an Eldorado High School girl score the winning shot from 70 feet away, with only 1.7 seconds on the clock. It's pretty awesome.
A state auditor claims that the Human Services Department cost New Mexico millions of dollars by mismanaging funds.
Albuquerque police are looking for a woman that is stealing from the elderly.
To the Lobo fan who threw a cup at an opposing player at a basketball game … they're coming for you.
A man who was pronounced dead woke up later in a body bag in the morgue … reminds me of that movie Death Becomes Her.
V.23 No.3 |
The Daily Word a football camel's death, NSA's data and a photographing poser
By Mark Lopez [ Fri Jan 17 2014 9:58 AM ]
President Obama says he will “end the National Security Agency’s ability to store phone data collected from millions of Americans.” Sure …
A 4-year-old girl in Detroit accidentally shot and killed her 4-year old cousin.
In case you haven't heard, the 2014 Academy Award nominations are out!
A voting law in Pennsylvania that would require people to show photo ID's at the polls was struck down.
ABQ police are on the lookout for man claiming to be a UNM photography student who takes photos of girls.
Congress has cut funding for horse slaughter operations by passing a $1.1 trillion budget bill that prohibits the Department of Agriculture from spending money on inspectors for equine facilities.
In the aftermath of Tuesday's Berrendo Middle School shooting in Roswell, N.M., police are looking at suspect Mason Campbell's Instagram page to see if it bears any relevance.
Elias Montoya, a New Mexico State Police officer who was fired for opening fire on a minivan full of kids in Taos, gives his side of the story.
Princess, a football-predicting camel, dies weeks ahead of Super Bowl. RIP.
V.22 No.49 |
The Daily Word in Mandela's death, bathroom surveillance and bad dirt
By Mark Lopez [ Fri Dec 6 2013 10:33 AM ]
Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa, died yesterday at the age of 95.
It looks like Carrie Underwood struck gold (not really). Apparently, even though not everyone loved it, The Sound of Music was watched by many.
Over 100 people were left dead in Bangui, Central African Republic, due to political unrest between Muslim rebels and Christian citizens.
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has not been charged with rape.
Shaine Sherrill, who was shot by APD officers Sunday afternoon, did not have a gun. Apparently, Sherrill was suicidal and had said he wanted to be shot by police.
Just for future reference, when you use the wrong dirt … it might cause some setbacks.
Andrew Coppler faces up to nine years in prison after being convicted of second-degree murder for the death of his father.
A restaurant owner is facing some scrutiny for putting a surveillance camera in the men's bathroom. Yikes.
V.22 No.46 |
The Daily Word in the postal service, Van Damme's split and New Mexico immigration
By Mark Lopez [ Fri Nov 15 2013 11:15 AM ]
Mr. Ford can't fight the fever … “to lose some powers” has gotta be rough.
Police have identified the passenger who fell from a small plane that was flying over the Atlantic.
Patsy Davis' body was exhumed from her frontyard after her husband lost a court battle to keep her in her wanted resting place.
The postal service lost $5 billion this past year.
An abortion protester named Rives Grogan was arrested yesterday for shouting at people near Zimmerman Library about religion and abortion. He's being charged with disorderly conduct and public nuisance. And that's not counting his Veterans Day stunt.
Today is the last day for early voting in the special election. The election itself happens on Nov. 19.
US attorneys have prosecuted 5,999 people for immigration offenses in New Mexico so far this year, the fastest rise among the country's 94 judicial districts.
And you thought you could do the splits?
V.22 No.44 |
The Daily Word in Anal Obsessed Cops, Crack Smoking Mayors and Perfect (Mechanical) Students
By Ty Bannerman [ Wed Nov 6 2013 9:45 AM ]
Don't forget to use your turn signal in New Mexico. Our cops are waaaay into butts.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admits to smoking crack, but it was probably when he was "in a drunken stupor," so no big deal.
Teachers who complain about students on social media should probably stop doing that. Especially if their status update contains the words "I can just kill these kids."
But here's a perfect student: a 240-year old mechanical boy that can be programmed to write just about anything.
And the Metropolitan Detention Center faces more overcrowding: This time it's from 30,000 pounds of unpopped popcorn.
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