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?)
As Tip O’Neill never said, “All politics is loco.”
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.
I’ve rearrange the info from the linked article into a more cogent timeline. It doesn’t make sense.
- The truck was reported stolen April 10 [2 weeks prior to shooting]
- 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!]
- An officer tailed her, but she disappeared [officer Jeremy Dear]
- officer spotted the truck abandoned and identified Hawkes through items left inside the truck [what items?]
- officer then found a prior address of Hawkes, at a nearby trailer park [see next item]
- Hawkes has never been a resident at the park [see previous two items]
- At 5am, police blockade park and announce they will release dogs [two hours after sighting Hawkes]
- multiple residents saw Hawkes jump the park’s east wall and run across Wyoming minutes before shots were heard
- Hawkes encountered Dear on the east side of Wyoming.
- 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.
Too many turned-off voters will keep Martinez in office.
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.
Follow the link to a map of polling places showing wait times. All have been 0-15 minutes in the time I’ve been watching.
My Vote Centers
ON ELECTION DAY ONLY
Map Pin Colors:
Green = 0 to 15 minutes wait
Yellow = 16 to 29 minutes wait
Red = 30 minutes or more wait
If you want to say hi to Merri Rudd, she’s Presiding Judge at McKinley MS.
[Hat tip to Dukecityfix for the link. Smile to bernco.gov for the info, but next time post the link before voting day so I can share it sooner.
I never thought I’d need this category.
The Wars on Drugs and Terrorism have so militarized the local police, even in smaller towns, that they have become an occupying force engaged in the War on People. We brought this on ourselves. Who profited from this?
Boyd autopsy reveals he was shot in back | Albuquerque Journal News By Patrick Lohmann / Journal Staff Writer UPDATED: Friday, May 30, 2014 at 12:01 pm
The 30-page autopsy said Boyd suffered three gunshot wounds from separate bullets, but the one to his lower back seems to have been the most destructive: A bullet passed through the muscle in his lower abdomen, his left adrenal gland, his large intestine, spleen, diaphragm and left lung before exiting his left armpit. The bullet then re-entered his upper left arm and was recovered by medical investigators, according to the autopsy.
The other bullets also struck Boyd’s arms, including one in his upper right arm that entered from the back and exited the front of his arm. In addition, a bullet struck Boyd’s upper left arm and exiting through back, according to the autopsy.
Because of the damage done to Boyd’s right arm, doctors had to amputate it as they conducted several emergency surgeries to try to resuscitate him, according to the report. He arrived at the University of New Mexico Hospital at 8:15 p.m., the autopsy stated, and his time of death was shortly before 3 a.m. on March 17.
The report also said Boyd suffered several blunt-force injuries, contusions and abrasions on his buttock and right leg, some of which were “consistent with injuries produced by a dog.” Officers were seen on the video loosing a police dog on Boyd.
In addition to documenting the injuries, medical investigators found that Boyd appeared older than his stated age and that he had no illegal drugs or alcohol in his system.
Among the items investigators associated with Boyd were clothes, a toothbrush and a Bible. They also pulled Taser prongs from his clothing, according to the report.
Boyd died after 12 hours in hell.