Police & Prison

Tear gas grenade thrown by Bernalillo County deputy caused deadly house fire, investigators say

BY: - August 5, 2022

The only possible cause of the fire that killed Brett Rosenau, 15, last month was a grenade thrown by a Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputy who was a member of the SWAT team that July night, local fire officials said Friday. The Fire/Arson Investigation Division of Albuquerque Fire Rescue ruled the fire an accident, and discussed […]

New Mexico plans to create searchable logs of prison mail

BY: - August 3, 2022

Letters written and received by people incarcerated in New Mexico prisons will soon be part of a database expanding mail surveillance in the state’s correctional facilities. The New Mexico Corrections Department is buying equipment from Florida-based company Securus Technologies and installing it at each prison.   Adult Prisons Division Director Gary Marciel told legislators the computer […]

Ankle monitor GPS data ruling may be appealed

BY: - August 3, 2022

A fight between the local prosecutor and the state district court in Albuquerque over public access to the location data of people ordered to wear ankle monitors while awaiting their day in court may become a constitutional battle over the right to privacy. Thirteenth Judicial District Court Judge James Noel ruled on Monday that the […]

Loss of Medicaid coverage could ramp up crime in NM, lawmaker warns

BY: - July 29, 2022

If authorities end the public health emergency in the fall and allow people to lose access to health care, it could lead to an increase in violent crime in New Mexico, a state lawmaker said in a hearing last week. Since the federal government declared the COVID-19 pandemic a public health emergency, people on Medicaid […]

Few people commit crimes while being watched before trial, early data show

BY: - July 28, 2022

Most New Mexicans ordered to wear an ankle monitor while they await trial on criminal charges do not go on to commit another offense, according to the latest info. In fact, the new statewide pretrial GPS tracking system so far shows that almost all alerts generated by ankle monitors result in nothing serious enough to […]

FBI assembles 177 active cases of Indigenous people missing from NM and Navajo Nation

BY: - July 27, 2022

Walcie Downing was last seen in 1956. Her case is the oldest on the list. Brittney Clinton, Clark Lanaya and Jimmy Owens were last seen a few days ago, on July 14. They are the latest additions. According to the FBI, 177 Native Americans are missing from New Mexico and the Navajo Nation. The FBI’s […]

Most NM police departments fail to report crime data, LFC analysts say

BY: - July 22, 2022

Less than one-third of police departments in New Mexico are following state law that requires them to deliver crime numbers to the N.M. Department of Public Safety, lawmakers learned Wednesday. Under state statute, every police department must turn in reports to the state Department of Public Safety. The state’s centralized system has been in place […]

Friends, family grieve for ‘mighty’ and ‘fearless’ Brett Rosenau

BY: - July 18, 2022

When the sun set in downtown Albuquerque, a light breeze cooled the streets, causing some people to cup their hands around the candles they just lit for Brett Rosenau on Friday. Friends, family, community members and advocates pushing for justice shared one feeling — Brett should be alive enjoying another Albuquerque summer night breeze. Rosenau, […]

Uvalde parents’ anger and quest for answers persist after committee faults school and police

BY: and - July 18, 2022

UVALDE — The loved ones of 21 people killed during Texas’ worst school shooting have spent weeks grieving their losses and begging officials for answers. But even after state officials publicly released the most comprehensive look yet at the Robb Elementary shooting and law enforcement’s painful delay in confronting the gunman, many relatives of the […]

Target of SWAT raid charged with murder

BY: - July 15, 2022

Albuquerque police on Thursday charged the man targeted in a SWAT raid a week earlier with an unrelated robbery and murder of a local photographer. Det. Leah Wise on Thursday night filed a criminal complaint in Bernalillo Metropolitan Court against Qiaunt Kelley, 27, charging him with murder and armed robbery with a deadly weapon. Wise […]

International District organizers say SWAT raids have deep historical roots

BY: - July 15, 2022

ALBUQUERQUE — For the people of the International District, raids by heavily armed and armored police are nothing new. And abolitionist organizers see today’s police and prisons as an extension of the systems of slavery and colonialism that helped establish the United States. Every week, federal police roll out of their armory to do “warrant […]

COMMENTARY

On the word ‘lie’ and passive voice in covering the SWAT raid

BY: - July 15, 2022

A home burned down. A boy died inside. Regardless of everything I’m about to say a little further down about how those two statements are phrased, those are the most important things to center as we continue pursuing the story about what SWAT did and why last week in Albuquerque.  Brett Rosenau was 15. If […]