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The Daily Word in an albino deer, Cleveland police and Hillary Clinton

The Daily Word

A US Department of Justice report has called out Cleveland police for using deadly or lethal force.

Former Pentagon official Ashton Carter is Obama's pick to run for defense secretary.

An unarmed man in Arizona was fatally shot by a police officer who mistook his pill bottle for a handgun.

Hillary Clinton's thoughts about the hardships and pressures of being president of the United States.

Loretta E. Lynch is heading a federal inquiry into the death of Eric Garner (who died in Staten Island when a police officer placed him in a chokehold), which could affect her nomination for attorney general.

A 10-year-old Albuquerque boy is headed to Japan this coming summer to climb its tallest mountain to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Today, the Courts, Corrections and Justice Committee is scheduled to discuss the DOJ's suggested plans and blueprints over police reform.

An Albuquerque man is warning holiday shoppers to be careful after his son and some friends were robbed at gunpoint.

New legislation is in the works in New Mexico, which would allow court-ordered outpatient treatment for mentally ill individuals.

A Missouri hunter who caught a lot of flack for killing an albino deer has decided to have the animal stuffed and to donate the meat to a needy family.

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Copwatch heads Downtown on Saturday night

Below is an e-mail interview with Derek Minno Bloom, one of the founders of Albuquerque's Copwatch. The Alibi talked to him in September, when the organization was getting started. I checked in earlier this week to see how things are going with the citizen observation group.

How many times has the group formally gone out?
Fives times now.

How many of you go?
Anywhere from eight to four. This week we should have 12 or so.

Do you have Copwatch shirts so you're easily identified?
Not yet. We always have one person who is the intervener and announces ourselves to the APD and person who is being arrested or detained.

What has the reaction been?
For the most part real good. The people love us. We hand out flyers and a lot of the responses are either: This is great, thanks for your work; some type of police harassment story, or just a plain and simple "Fuck the police." (Normally people who have said this have had a few drinks.)

APD has been very respectful. One officer even thanked us for our work and said that APD does need to be held accountable.

Some police officers have refused to give us their names or badge numbers, which is illegal: We have the right to know who our public servants are in the U.S. But that has been the worst of it.

Have you seen anything important?
We have seen that a lot of APD officers do their job very professionally. Who knows if that is because we are there with a camera or not? We have also seen that we have a chance to break up fights before APD gets to the scene. We have also seen that a lot of people are not aware of there rights, so it has been good to have lots of conversations about our rights. We have been able to tell people their rights while they were interacting with the APD.

For more info, e-mail or look up "Albuquerque Copwatch" on Facebook.