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DOJ finds excessive use of force by APD

From http://www.abqjournal.com

 

The Department of Justice has found the Albuquerque Police Department has established a pattern and practice in the use of excessive and fatal force that violates the Constitutional rights of those shot or harmed by police officers.

In a 46-page letter of findings to Mayor Richard Berry, the DOJ reported, “We have determined that structural and systemic deficiencies — including insufficient oversight, inadequate training and ineffective policies — contributed to the use of unreasonable force.”

The Department of Justice reviewed 20 fatal shootings by Albuquerque Police between 2009 and 2013 and found that in the majority of cases the level of force used was not justified because the person killed by police did not present a threat to police officers or the public. The DOJ also reviewed the use of nonlethal force involving significant harm or injury to people by APD officers and found a smilar pattern of excessive force by officers against people who posed no threat and was not justified by the circumstances.Acting Assistant Attorney General Jocelyn Samuels said in an interview the findings were “pretty disturbing” and that public trust of the department has been eroded.

“A lot of the most troubling incidents involved mentally ill people,” Samuels said.

But the Justice Department said that whether it decides to seek a monitor to oversee changes in the department would depend in part on how willing APD was to make changes. Berry recently called on DOJ to begin negotiations for monitoring of the police department.

 

To read more: http://www.abqjournal.com

 

To read the full document Letter of Finding: http://www.abqjournal.com/381868

Commentary

Congressman Pearce on Notice for Inaction on Immigration Reform

Santa Fe—As the immigration crisis reaches an appalling new high with two million immigrants—who are mothers, fathers, workers—deported over the last six years, House Democrats announced yesterday a new tactic to urge a vote on immigration reform. A memorandum was distributed in the districts of 30 Republicans, including Congressman Steve Pearce, who have stated support for immigration reform but have refused to bring comprehensive immigration reform legislation forward for a vote. See memo to Steve Pearce.

The memorandum calls on the Republicans to put an end to their empty rhetoric and sign the discharge petition on H.R. 15 to bring it to the floor immediately for a vote. It also highlights the economic benefits of immigration reform in the Members’ states, and the benefits of H.R. 15, which would reduce the deficit by nearly $1 trillion, secure our borders, unite our families, protect our workers, and provide an earned pathway to citizenship.

Congressman Steve Pearce is among the 30 House Republicans who have been put on notice. Pearce has stated publicly that he supports immigration reform, but his voting record proves otherwise, and he has done nothing to move legislation forward. In 2013, he voted to defund DACA, and more recently, he voted for the ENFORCE ACT, a challenge to the president’s authority to exercise prosecutorial discretion, a longstanding legal foundation for suspensions of deportation. He refuses to back real and permanent solutions that would open a path to citizenship for immigrants who are an integral part of New Mexico’s economy and local communities.

Pearce is the target of criticism in his district. In March, immigrant families organized protest marches, vigils and rallies for immigration reform in the cities of Los Lunas, Portales, and Roswell sending a resounding message to the congressman that they are tired of his empty promises. They want to see action!

Somos Un Pueblo Unido, an immigrant advocacy group, has issued the following statement regarding the Democrat’s memo:

“Our families are being torn apart because of Congressman Pearce’s willful inaction on immigration reform. He says that he supports reform, but actions speak louder than words. Pearce’s voting record does not match his rhetoric. The time has come for the congressman to show New Mexicans that he is advocating for our families and communities. He needs to listen to his constituents and the majority of the country who overwhelmingly support immigration reform, and stop playing politics with our lives. We are counting on Congressman Pearce to be courageous, take action, and live up to his promise to keep immigrant families in New Mexico together.”

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Somos Un Pueblo Unido is a New Mexico-based immigrant advocacy organization with affiliates in 11 counties that is organizing for fair immigration reform.

Local

Doña Ana County Cooperative Extension Service to celebrate centennial

The Doña Ana County Cooperative Extension Service will celebrate the centennial anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act of 1914 April 22 at the Doña Ana County Government Center at 845 N. Motel Blvd.

The event begins at 9 a.m. with a proclamation from the Board of Doña Ana County Commissioners and a presentation on the Extension office’s 100-year partnership with Doña Ana County.

“This event is a great opportunity to celebrate our rich history and share how we continue to provide our community with practical research-based information,” said Karim Martinez, county program director and home economist.

>From 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. representatives from the Extension office will have free information booths setup in the lobby. They will have information on a wide variety of topics including gardening, agriculture, diabetes, healthy recipes, food safety, emergency preparation, 4-H youth development and pet care.

The Smith-Lever Act established the Cooperative Extension Service. The collaboration between the United States Department of Agriculture, state land-grant universities and counties connect the people of the state, so they can benefit from the science-based knowledge generated at their land-grant university.

For more information contact the Doña Ana County Extension office at 575-525-6649.

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Environment

SWEC: Most Prius raffle tickets still unsold

With less than two weeks to go, most Prius raffle tickets remain unsold.

With time running out in the Southwest Environmental Center’s Toyota Prius raffle, we have sold fewer than half (176, to be exact) of the 500 tickets we hoped to sell, which means your odds of winning are pretty good right now. The winning ticket will still be pulled during the Las Cruces Earth Day Fair on Sunday, April 27 at Young Park, no matter how many tickets we’ve sold.

We are selling a maximum of 500 tickets at $100 each. This is a major fundraiser for us. We count on it every year to support our efforts to protect wildlife and wild places in the Southwest’s borderlands. Please help us out by buying a ticket. Even if you don’t want a new Prius, you can turn around and sell it in a heartbeat (or donate it to your favorite nonprofit!). And if you don’t win, you’ve still helped a great cause.

Tickets can be purchased at the Southwest Environmental Center, located at 275 N. Main Street in downtown Las Cruces, or on the SWEC website at www.wildmesquite.org. For more information, call (575) 522-5552.

Proposed property tax increase goes down in flames

By a more than 5 to 1 margin, voters in Doña Ana County on April 8 rejected a proposal by an anti-public lands, anti-wildlife group to generate $350,000 for its operating budget by raising property taxes. A total of 2865 votes were cast against the mil levy proposed by the Doña Ana Soil and Water Conservation District, while only 500 voters supported it. The turnout was unexpectedly large for a special election that few people had heard about only a few weeks beforehand. SWEC and other groups opposed the measure due to the extreme anti-environmental positions taken by the District’s board, as well as the lack of specificity in how the funds would be spent. SWEC is part of a group that is taking a hard post-election look at the NM state statute which authorizes soil and water conservation districts and these types of elections. Thanks to everyone who came out to vote!

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