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V.23 No.42 |

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The Daily Word in Ebola, New Mexico arrests and a giant butt-plug

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Texas health officials have ordered that anyone who visited the room of the first Ebola patient in a Dallas hospital pretty much quarantine themselves for 21 days.

Vice President Joe Biden's son was discharged from the Navy Reserves for dipping into some nose candy.

President Obama is set to appoint Ron Klain as his “Ebola czar.”

Denver police warn parents of trick-or-treaters that some candy might not be what it seems … aka it's got weed in it.

MMA fighter Jonathan Koppenhaver (aka War Machine) attempted suicide in prison. He's currently being held for the savage beating and kidnapping of ex-girlfriend Christy Mack.

A shooting took place in Downtown Albuquerque, near Third and Silver, that left one person dead.

Guess those lapel cameras are good for something. APD police officer Jared Frazier's cam caught a woman trying to falsely accuse him of sexual assault after arresting her for a DWI.

It's not exactly BUSTED, but KOAT's got you covered if you wanna see photos of New Mexicans who've recently been arrested.

APS pays $175,000 to a middle school principal, settling a lawsuit over claims of retaliation by former superintendent Winston Brooks.

A giant butt-plug (oops, I mean tree) in Paris has French folks in a tizzy.

V.23 No.42 | 10/16/2014

Feature

War on the Streets

Radley Balko on the militarization of American policing

Alibi alum Steven Robert Allen converses with author Radley Balko about his new book Rise of the Warrior Cop and the militarization of police.
V.23 No.41 | 10/9/2014

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The Daily Word in Ebola, Red Bull, the Nobel prize and Lil Jon

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The Dallas Ebola patient has died.

Gay marriage postponed in Las Vegas.

Federal deficit falls to lowest for Obama at $486 billion.

Three win Nobel Prize for powerful microscopes.

Red Bull loses lawsuit and owes you $10.

News crew takes smiling selfie with #EbolaOutbreak.

Police returning to Santa Fe high schools.

Lil Jon and Lena Dunham team up for “Turn Out for What.”

Grocery products sneakily downsizing.

Only Texas wealthy can access abortion clinics now.

World’s most expensive hamburger is $1,768.

Never Hungover not associated with Balloon Fiesta.

Russian President Putin turns 62.

V.23 No.38 |

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The Daily Word in poverty, beisbol and cannabis

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More nuevomexicanos live in poverty this year compared to last. And we're still the second-most impoverished state in the nation.

The Grey Lady covers the National Police Shooting Championships and surrounding protest.

The Isotopes struck a four-year deal with the Colorado Rockies.

Scope our inaugural Cannabis Issue in print or online for editorials on politics and policy and arts and economics, a N.M. MMJ primer, a cannabis timeline, a compilation of weed quotes and more.

James Gandolfini would have turned 53 years old today. We sure do miss you, boss.

V.23 No.36 | 9/4/2014
Freshly out in paperback

Get Lit

The Soldiers on Our Streets

How our protectors have gone from Barney Fife to Robocop

Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces

Radley Balko’s Rise of the Warrior Cop documents a disturbing shift on America’s streets.
V.23 No.35 |

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The Daily Word in Saved by the Bell and a butt full of cocaine

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Another APD lapel camera somehow stopped recording during a fatal shooting.

Ricky Gervais is kind of a prick, but no surprise there.

Cee Lo Green is actually a huge prick and maybe a rapist, which is more surprising and makes me sad.

Vice magazine continues its hard-hitting reporting by answering the question: What happens when you put cocaine in your butt?

Two UNM physicians are going to kill a bunch of grasshoppers.

The New York St. Patrick’s Day parade will be cooler and gayer this year.

And, for the children of the late 20th century, here are 100 things that apparently happened in that Saved By the Bell movie that you didn’t watch but secretly kind of wanted to.

V.23 No.33 |

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The Daily Word in the Ferguson shooting, World of Warcraft and the Pope

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World of Warcraft memorializes late comedian Robin Williams.

Darren Wilson has been identified as the police officer who shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

North Korea says projectiles fired during the Pope's visit were just a coincidence.

A mother in South Carolina was arrested for dropping the F-bomb in front of her kids in a grocery store. Wait … that's it?

Three Fort Lauderdale men face criminal charges for digging up the cremated remains of relatives in an effort to move them to a cemetery in Maine.

The APS board voted unanimously for Superintendent Winston Brooks' resignation.

Santa Fe police apprehended a suspect in a fatal shooting that occurred Thursday evening.

An Albuquerque woman allegedly had sex with two German shepherds, then tried to poison her roommates when they found out about it.

APD is investigating a “slaying” after a woman's body was found in a vacant lot in southeast Albuquerque.

Booty shorts, boxers, bourbon and beer, oh my!

V.23 No.30 |

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The Daily Word in the president's popularity, porcelain presents and one big fart

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Authorities believe bad weather caused an Air Algerie plane to crash in Mali, resulting in the deaths of 118 people on board.

The Palestinian Fatah movement calls for a “day of rage” in honor and respect for those suffering in Gaza.

Obama is meeting with the presidents of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador today to urge them to slow the number of immigrants coming toward the US.

Speaking of President Obama, according to a CNN poll, 33 percent of Americans think the president should be impeached.

A Michigan dog-owner may be charged with involuntary manslaughter after his two canines fatally mauled a man.

California Police are investigating a number of incidents where porcelain dolls have been left in front of homes of little girls they resemble. Cause that's not at all creepy.

Albuquerque police and the Department of Justice “announced progress in reaching a deal designed to fix the problems the [DOJ] report identified.”

Two men who did construction work without licenses and ripped off numerous individuals will face criminal charges.

The sister of a homeless man who was beaten to death by three teenagers speaks out.

According to the ABQ Journal, the two APD officers who shot and killed Jeremy Robertson on Tuesday have shot and killed other men within the last four years.

Feeling flatulant? Head to Dover!

V.23 No.31 | 7/31/2014

Press Release

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.

DOJ’s full report on its investigation of APD and other related information can be found at the U.S. Attorney’s Office website and at DOJ’s website.

V.23 No.28 |

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The Daily Word: All Clickbait Edition

The Daily Word

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 |

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The Daily Word in the SPU shooting, same-sex marriage polls and "Desiree"

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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 |

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The Daily Word in Detroit carjackers, New Mexico oil and a jailhouse stripper

The Daily Word

A postage stamp honoring Harvey Milk, a gay civil rights leader who was assassinated in 1978, has been unveiled.

Carjackers are takin' over Detroit.

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.

Nothing like an explosion to get rid of a fire.

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 |

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The Daily Word in a mad doggy, New Mexico's most wanted and police chief camera sex

The Daily Word

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.

That's what you get, folks, for makin' whoopee.

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.

Jin Dan has had enough!

V.23 No.18 |

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The Daily Word in a Baltimore sinkhole, penis pills and wild, wild horses

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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.

Hillary Clinton vs. the media

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.

Yup, this would definitely ruin your day …

V.23 No.17 |

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The Daily Word in five-0, blue meanies and The Man

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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.

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