As Tip O’Neill never said, “All politics is loco.”

Nov 292014

I can’t call this justice, especially since too many fired officers show up on other police departments or private security. Still, it is appropriate to get this guy out of APD.

Termination recommended for officer who shot woman | Albuquerque Journal News

By Ryan Boetel / Journal Staff Writer
PUBLISHED: Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 12:02 am

Police supervisors have recommended that the officer who fatally shot a 19-year-old woman be fired, according to the officer’s attorney.

Albuquerque police Officer Jeremy Dear is facing termination, said Thomas Grover, Dear’s attorney. The recommendation is the result of an internal affairs investigation into several issues surrounding Dear, including his history of lapel camera policy violations. …

The Hawkes shooting wasn’t the first time there were questions about the Dear’s lapel camera. [Mary Hawkes was the homeless teenager he shot repeatedly.] He was involved in two arrests in 2013 during which he used force against a suspect and no recording of the arrest was made, according to Journal archives.

And KOAT-TV reported that a review of Dear’s personnel file found other incidents in which Dear’s lapel camera didn’t record an interaction that should have been taped.

Termination recommended for officer who shot woman | Albuquerque Journal News

 Posted by at 8:56 am on Sat 11/29/14
Nov 162014

Even as Republicans give the Oil Industry the Keystone pipeline, the GOP will also make sure the Oil Industry pays nothing for cleanup costs.

Every time the GOP shows its contempt for the rest of us, shine a light and pass it on.

How your congressional delegates voted | Albuquerque Journal News

LIABILITY FOR OIL SPILLS: By a vote of 192 for and 224 against, the House on Nov. 14 refused to require the Keystone XL Pipeline to pay into the Treasury Department’s Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund.

Sponsored by Democrats, this motion to HR 5682 (above) sought to blunt an Internal Revenue Service ruling under which crude extracted from tar sands is exempted from mandatory support of the oil-spill fund.

The ruling spares TransCanada Corp., the Keystone owner, from having to pay 8 cents per barrel into the fund to help cover the cost of cleaning up any spills.

Congress established the fund in response to the 1989 Exxon Valdez grounding, which spilled hundreds of thousands of barrels of crude into Alaska’s Prince William Sound.

A yes vote was to require the Keystone XL Pipeline to contribute to the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund.


How your congressional delegates voted | Albuquerque Journal News

Note New Mexico’s own estimable – make that execrable – Steve Pearce, oil millionaire voted FOR Keystone and AGAINST funding for cleanups.

Now that the Oil Industry no longer considers Keystone economical to build, I assume the GOP will support funding to build it at taxpayer expense. Why not? We’ll have to pay to clean up, we might as well pay to make the mess in the first place.

 Posted by at 2:33 pm on Sun 11/16/14
Nov 042014

Please vote for Ray Powell for Land Commissioner. His opponent, Aubrey Dunn, promises “Land Management Dunn Right” (his words; in context, “right” means Republican, not correct). “Dunn Right”? He’ll sell public lands and leases in sweetheart deals, like his Republican predecessors. Don’t let that happen.

 Posted by at 10:09 am on Tue 11/04/14
Oct 262014


It’s hardly news that Democrats all over the country will experience setbacks in November. It has been widely reported for months now — it’s a done deal, right? Don’t expect the Journal to tell you something you don’t already know, like how a state that has a majority of Democrats elects Republicans to top posts. (OK, we do already know that answer: discouraged voters. What role does declaring the winners before the election have on the outcome?)

 Posted by at 2:12 pm on Sun 10/26/14
Sep 052014

It’s been about 5 months since a problem cop killed a teenage girl with a shot in the back. Among the many unanswered questions was how officer Jeremy Dear connected Mary Hawkes with the trailer park APD stormed in the early hours, flushing her out and gunning her down as she fled. Now we know: officer Sonny Molina broke the law to locate her. Had Molina followed the rules, a young girl might have been arrested and brought to justice, instead of killed in haste. The City will face another huge lawsuit over police misconduct and APD will feel even more besieged and certain the citizens who employ them are the enemy. It was all avoidable.

Note also that APD went to the trouble to obtain a search warrant 10 days after Hawkes was killed. Brazen ass-covering.

Warrantless cellphone search led police to Mary Hawkes | Albuquerque Journal News By Nicole Perez / Journal Staff Writer, PUBLISHED: Friday, September 5, 2014 at 5:52 pm

.Albuquerque police might never have found 19-year-old Mary Hawkes in the early morning hours before she was fatally shot by an officer had they not searched a cell phone found in a stolen truck Hawkes had abandoned.

Whether that search was proper is questionable, some attorneys now say.

Warrantless cellphone search led police to Mary Hawkes | Albuquerque Journal News

Another Person Dead and APD is stingy with facts in the matter » mjh’s blog 4/25/14

I’ve rearrange the info from the linked article into a more cogent timeline. It doesn’t make sense.

  1. The truck was reported stolen April 10 [2 weeks prior to shooting]
  2. police spotted Hawkes driving a stolen Ford F-150 pickup truck at 3 a.m [she said ‘hi’ to officer Sonny Molina at a stoplight!]
  3. An officer tailed her, but she disappeared [officer Jeremy Dear]
  4. officer spotted the truck abandoned and identified Hawkes through items left inside the truck [what items?]
  5. officer then found a prior address of Hawkes, at a nearby trailer park [see next item]
  6. Hawkes has never been a resident at the park [see previous two items]
  7. At 5am, police blockade park and announce they will release dogs [two hours after sighting Hawkes]
  8. multiple residents saw Hawkes jump the park’s east wall and run across Wyoming minutes before shots were heard
  9. Hawkes encountered Dear on the east side of Wyoming.
  10. Eden said “preliminary evidence” suggests Hawkes pulled out the handgun and pointed it at Dear

It is crucial for APD to specify what items were found and how they led to a park Hawkes was not a resident of. Note that Hawkes was known to sleep in vehicles.

Another Person Dead and APD is stingy with facts in the matter » mjh’s blog

All blog stories on Hawkes

 Posted by at 7:47 pm on Fri 09/05/14
Jun 062014

Too many turned-off voters will keep Martinez in office.

King and the rough road ahead | Albuquerque Journal News

New Mexico is a blue state, with Democrats accounting for 47 percent of all registered voters. Republicans are at 31 percent and independents at 19 percent. Of course, New Mexico has a fair share of Democrats, especially in more conservative parts of the state, who are willing to cross party lines.

King and the rough road ahead | Albuquerque Journal News

 Posted by at 12:26 pm on Fri 06/06/14