More nuevomexicanos live in poverty this year compared to last. And we're still the second-most impoverished state in the nation.
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James Gandolfini would have turned 53 years old today. We sure do miss you, boss.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com or by calling our toll free number, (855) 544-5134, which is available for both English and Spanish speakers.
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.
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'.