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Justice Department Schedules Community Meetings to Obtain Input Regarding Reforms for Albuquerque Police Department

ALBUQUERQUE – The Department of Justice issued findings that the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) engages in a pattern or practice of excessive force, including deadly force, on April 10, 2014. The City of Albuquerque has agreed to enter into negotiations to reach agreement on a blueprint for reform.

Because it is important that any agreement reached reflects the concerns and ideas of all communities that make up the City, over the coming weeks, DOJ representatives will be meeting with community stakeholders, police officers, and police and city officials to gather insights and recommendations on how APD should be reformed. DOJ has scheduled the following meetings to provide members of the community at large with the opportunity to have input into this process:

Monday, April 28, 5 to 7pm, Alamosa Community Center, 6900 Gonzales SW

Tuesday, April 29, 5 to 7pm, Palo Duro Senior Center, 5221 Palo Duro NE

Wednesday, April 30, 5 to 7pm, Cesar Chavez Community Center, 7505 Kathryn SE

Community members, however, do not need to wait until April 28 to share their concerns or insights about APD and to submit recommendations for implementing reform in APD. DOJ continues to monitor the APD community hotline, which is available for both English and Spanish speakers, 1-855-544-5134, and the APD community email address at community.albuquerque@usdoj.gov. Individuals who wish to meet with DOJ representatives during the week of April 28 also can schedule meetings through the hotline and community email address.

DOJ’s full report on its investigation of APD and other related information can be found at justice.gov/usao/nm/APD.html and justice.gov/crt/about/spl/findsettle.php. For more information about DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, please visit justice.gov/crt/.

news

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

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.17 | 4/24/2014
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Crib Notes

Crib Notes: April 24, 2013

Pencils down! From guns to arrows, test your New Mexico news savvy with our weekly pop quiz.

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Letters

Wherein a reader shares two stories of policing observation and logic and calls for leadership from City officials.

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The Daily Word in King Arthur's parliamentary run

Good morning, it's Wednesday, April 23, 2014

and some jerk robbed my bank yesterday,

a UNM football player has been charged with rape and kidnapping,

and APD would like to point out that they "worked hard" to not shoot and kill a man who was upset that APD had shot and killed his fiancé.

Meanwhile,

the US Supreme Court upheld a ban on affirmative action in college admissions,

people who like bad movies and talking robots are buzzing with rumors that MST3K may return,

the New York post revealed that creepy R&B singer R. Kelly has been paying millions of dollars out to "dozens" of women who have accused him of being creepy over the last decade,

and King Arthur, the Raised Druid King of Britain, plans to run for parliament.

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The Daily Word in horrible mutilations, further annexations and Albuquerque city council quandaries

Top of the list of "unexpected beer cities? Albuquerque, por supuesto.

The suspect shot by APD yesterday was a woman.

City council is gearing up to kill the Albuquerque Police Oversight Commission in order to create a new system of checks and balances vis a vis citizenry and APD.

A bicyclist was killed Saturday when she was hit by the Rail Runner in Santa Fe.

Among steep competition, rapper Andre Johnson may have committed the most bizarre musician suicide attempt ever. Ever.

Netflix is introducing another kinda-weird price increase.

Sometimes "refined" means fart jokes.

Controversial State of Michigan decision prohibiting race based college entrance was upheld by the SCOTUS.

Crimea is getting strange and Russia is a master of propaganda.

Nothing wrong with thinking about Nudie suits folks.

V.23 No.16 | 4/17/2014
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Editorial

Department Corrections

Reforming APD’s culture of violence requires radical change

Wherein Alibi Managing Editor Samantha Anne Carrillo reflects on the US Department of Justice investigation into Albuquerque police violence—specifically the resultant scathing DOJ report—and entreats citizens to engage in critical dialogue with both the DOJ and elected officials about our city’s future.

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Letters

Wherein a reader critiques the advocacy journalism of Alibi media partner La Jicarita.

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The Daily Word in eyeball licking, Police Oversight Commission resignations and Captain Underpants

It's Wednesday April 16

and three of Albuquerque's six member Police Oversight Commission have resigned, saying that they have no real power to do their jobs, that the City Attorney's Office has undermined them at every turn, and that the Commission is a 'mockery' in terms of oversight,

cleanup crews are moving toward the contaminated section of WIPP, very, very slowly,

and Governor Susana Martinez is being compared to Sarah Palin and eyed for a presidential run.

Meanwhile, a ferry boat sank off the cost of South Korea, possibly killing hundreds,

children are struggling to understand the unfathomable mystery of the Sony Walkman,

parents are complaining to libraries about the use of words like "pee-pee" and "Dr. Diaper" in the Captain Underpants book series,

and a man was arrested after licking a cop's eyeball outside of a bar called "Pisser's Palace."

Have a great day!

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The Daily Word in God's credit, reactions to DOJ report and the Pope's apology

Authorities are trying to determine a cause for the explosive bus crash in Northern California that left 10 people dead and many others injured.

Stephen Colbert is going to be the new host of the “Late Show” after David Letterman announced his retirement. See what other talk show hosts had to say about it.

The Pope made a public plea for forgiveness for the “evil” some priests have committed with sexual child abuse, “a scandal that has haunted [the church] for more than two decades.”

Three educators wrote a piece on why they reject the notion of standardized tests.

Here's KRQE's breakdown of the 46-page DOJ report concerning APD violence.

Renetta and Stephen Torres, whose son was killed by APD, react to the DOJ report.

The City has paid $23 million to for wrongful death and excessive force lawsuits since 2010. And that's not including the pending cases.

The DOJ report on APD in 29 quotes.

God vs. Equifax

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The Daily Word in APD, DOJ and justice

The United States Department of Justice has “reasonable cause to believe that APD engages in a pattern or practice of use of excessive force, including deadly force, in violation of the Fourth Amendment and Section 14141."

Here, in summary, are the findings of the United States Department of Justice:

Albuquerque police officers shot and killed civilians who did not pose an imminent threat of serious bodily harm or death to the officers or others.

Albuquerque police officers used deadly force on individuals who posed no threat to anyone but themselves.

Albuquerque police officers’ own recklessness sometimes led to their use of deadly force.

Albuquerque police officers used force against individuals who were passively resisting and posed a minimal threat.

Albuquerque police officers used excessive force against individuals with mental illness, against individuals with impaired faculties, and against individuals who require medical treatment.

Supervisory reviews do not address excessive use of force.

Force incidents are not properly documented.

Shooting investigations are inadequate.

Internal review mechanisms are not implemented.

The Department’s training deficiencies contribute to the pattern or practice of unreasonable use of force.

The Department’s deficient policies contribute to the pattern or practice of unreasonable use of force.

Under-use of the crisis intervention team contributes to the pattern or practice of unconstitutional force.

The Department’s ineffective use of its tactical deployments contributes to the use of excessive force.

The Department’s aggressive organizational culture contributes to excessive force incidents.

The Department’s limited external oversight contributes to the pattern or practice of unconstitutional uses of force.

Inadequate community policing contributes to the department’s pattern or practice of unconstitutional force.

Read the entire findings letter, including recommended remedial measures, at bit.ly/DOJfindingsAPD.

V.23 No.15 | 4/10/2014
Still from lapel cam video of the James Boyd shooting
Albuquerque Police Department

La Jicarita

Is There Justice For James Boyd?

What explains the relentless history of police violence in Albuquerque? There are no simple answers to that question. But we may begin to seek an answer in the hard life and violent death of James Boyd.

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Crib Notes

Crib Notes: April 10, 2014

What do you know about this week’s New Mexico news? From a lesbian couple’s lawsuit against a local photo studio to happenings at LANL, test your savvy with our weekly pop quiz.

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Letters

Wherein the readers write—about legalizing recreational use of marijuana in New Mexico, informing consumers about GMOs and dealing with the problem of police violence in Albuquerque.

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The Daily Word in spraypainting APD substations, weird recreational drugs and RIP Peaches Geldof

City Council chambers overflowed with largely critical citizens at the APD meeting last night.

Three APD substations were vandalized last night.

The DOJ will announce its findings about APD and patterns of excessive/lethal force tomorrow at 10:00 am.

There is a new Rail Runner stop.

Bob Geldof's hard-partying daughter, Peaches Geldof, died suddenly and inexplicably.

Do you know about "boyfriend twins"?

.... How about "nipple shields for men"?

What do you know about the old TV show ALF?

Malaysian Flight 370 is in really deep water.

Time for a Chupacabra roundup.

40 percent of Americans couldn't raise 2,000 dollars if their lives depended on it.

There is an ABBA choir.

Since the Snowden leaks, the NSA has seen a huge increase in Freedom of Information Act requests.

Dopers in South Africa are smoking a combo of weed, rat poison, opium and an anti-retroviral drug (AKA HIV meds).

Oh, God. No. Don't read this.

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