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V.24 No.18 | 4/30/2015

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The Daily Word in murder trials, police brutality and devastation in Nepal

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A devastating earthquake in Nepal has left the death toll at over 4,000 and rising.

It also sparked an avalanche on Mount Everest.

Other natural disasters around the world this weekend included a giant tornado in Texas, heavy rains and flooding in Pakistan, killing dozens, and volcanic ash blanketing the Chilean town of Ensenada.

Russian hackers have been reading the President's emails.

The mastermind behind Silk Road is being charged in the overdose deaths of six customers.

McDonald's expects to have closed at least 700 stores by the end of 2015.

The James Holmes murder trial is set to begin today, almost three years after the mass shooting occurred in a Colorado movie theater.

In other Colorado news, mayhem erupted at a carnival in Colorado Springs over the weekend.

This APD Officer has a lot of explaining to do.

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Crib Notes

Crib Notes: Jan. 15, 2015

Test your recall of an Albuquerque police shooting that made international headlines.
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The Daily Word in God's credit, reactions to DOJ report and the Pope's apology

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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

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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.