Police & Prison

All three Albuquerque mayoral candidates promise more police

BY: - October 27, 2021

While the three candidates for Albuquerque mayor have tried their best to differentiate themselves, there are at least two things they agree on: they say police are doing a good job, and they seek to put more money toward policing. Despite a historic protest movement last summer that called for the defunding of the Albuquerque […]

Police chiefs respond to concerns about bias and victim-blaming in MMIWR cases

BY: - October 25, 2021

Shelda Livingston and her family say the complicated background of her sister Pepita Redhair led Albuquerque Police Department officers to discriminate against her during their investigation into Redhair’s disappearance in March 2020.  “We feel like there was no investigation done, or completed, or even started,” Livingston said Thursday during a live radio program addressing missing […]

Juvenile justice advocates talk extreme sentences for young people

BY: - October 22, 2021

Carissa McGee entered the prison system at age 16 and wasn’t released until three months before her 25th birthday. Now she is co-founder of a grassroots nonprofit in Albuquerque called Women in Leadership, and says young people lack life experiences that would otherwise give them an understanding of the consequences that come from their actions. […]

Community safety responders train for their first weeks in the field

BY: - October 22, 2021

On the first floor of Albuquerque City Hall, in the former spot where people paid water bills in person, an actor is training the newest community safety responders. “Are you a narc? Are you here to get a fix? Why are you here? Who are you?” The actor addresses the woman who is in training, […]

Residents say new soccer stadium will raise rents and expand policing in Albuquerque

BY: - October 14, 2021

Albuquerque voters will decide Nov. 2 whether to borrow $50 million to help pay for a new stadium for the New Mexico United soccer franchise. The team’s owner and the city’s mayor have been promising economic benefits from the new facility. “This facility will draw fans from across the state for sporting events, concerts, and […]

Reported missing, but attention still absent

BY: - October 13, 2021

Mary Margret Begay from Grand Canyon, Ariz., has been missing since Aug. 2, 1957. Paul Benally from Winslow, Ariz., has been missing since May 1, 1972. Gloria Ann Talley went missing out of Albuquerque on June 19, 1986 and hasn’t been heard from since. These are just a few of the forgotten missing that advocate […]

No same-day registration and voting on Election Day in NM this year

BY: - October 11, 2021

Same-day voter registration won’t be available on Nov. 2, Election Day proper. Early voting has begun and voters can register at the same time they show up to vote early until Oct. 30, but same-day voter registration will not be an option on Election Day, KUNM reports. The Secretary of State’s Office is not asking […]

NM researcher: Variation in forms contributes to undercount of police killings

BY: - October 6, 2021

At least one-quarter of the people killed by police in New Mexico over the last four decades do not appear in official statistics, according to a study that made national headlines last week. Professor Jagdish Khubchandani at New Mexico State University helped with the international research on how police killings are reported. He said one […]

Families gather to speak for MMIW in Old Town

BY: - October 4, 2021

Pepita Redhair was the name and face on the flyer for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Relatives awareness event in Albuquerque.  She wasn’t the only person with family demanding answers during Sunday’s event.  Shawna Toya. Ranelle Rose Bennett. Zachariah Juwan Shorty. Wilhelmina Denise Whitewater. Jamie Lynette Yazzie. Ella Mae Begay. All these people […]

Study: Official statistics under-report police killings in New Mexico

BY: - October 4, 2021

More than one-quarter of the people killed by police in the state were not included in official counts over the last four decades, according to a study released on Thursday, Sept. 30. Published in the Lancet peer-reviewed medical journal, the study found that 26.4% of people killed by police in New Mexico between 1980 and […]

State-level police reforms around the country may point the way for local lawmakers

BY: - October 1, 2021

Forty states have laws and requirements around how police use tear gas and other chemical agents and projectiles known as less-lethal munitions. New Mexico is not one of them, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures database of policing legislation. Protesters against police violence and racist policing are familiar with those weapons if they […]

Lessons from Chicago organizers on gunshot-detection tech being used in ABQ

BY: - September 30, 2021

Albuquerque officials have been touting ShotSpotter as a solution to gun violence and other kinds of crime in the city, but organizers opposing the technology’s use by Chicago police say it is just part of a broader system of police surveillance and irresponsible spending of public money. ShotSpotter is an acoustic gunshot detection technology that […]