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

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
Jun 032014

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

My Vote Centers

Map Pin Colors:
Green = 0 to 15 minutes wait
Yellow = 16 to 29 minutes wait
Red = 30 minutes or more wait

My Vote Centers

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.

 Posted by at 10:52 am on Tue 06/03/14
Jun 022014

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 autopsy reveals he was shot in back | Albuquerque Journal News

Boyd died after 12 hours in hell.

 Posted by at 10:47 am on Mon 06/02/14
Jun 022014

Leslie Linthicum sums up the lingering problems with this killing and finds some historical nuance (follow the link for the whole story).

A sad tale of police, guns and a family history | Albuquerque Journal News By Leslie Linthicum / Of the Journal PUBLISHED: Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 12:05 am

“This shooting just made me feel so profoundly sad,” someone said to me the other day. Me too. And I’ve been pondering why.

Is it because Hawkes was the first woman to join the list of people killed by city police officers since 2010? Because she was 5-foot-2 and barely 100 pounds? Because she was really just a kid?

Is it that it seemed avoidable – a forced confrontation in the middle of the night to flush out a suspect in a 2-week-old auto theft case? Couldn’t an arrest warrant in the morning have kept everyone safer?

Is it the autopsy findings – a bullet shot into her left ear, another into her left bicep and another through the top of her right shoulder – which seem hard to square with the stated scenario of Hawkes stopping, turning and pointing a handgun just before she was shot?

Mary Hawkes, 19, was the first woman killed by APD since 2010.

Mary Hawkes, 19, was the first woman killed by APD since 2010.

Is it the autopsy findings of scrapes and bruises on her chest, both knees and the backs of both forearms?

Is it the absence of the officer’s lapel cam video that would answer those questions about what she and the officer were doing when she was shot?

Each time someone is killed by police, there’s a rippling of effects – the personal tragedy to the family, the toll on the police officer who has taken a life and the public policy discussion about whether it was an avoidable use of deadly force.

With that in mind, I also wonder whether the Hawkes killing continues to nag me because of her family history, which brings additional layers of nuance and complication.

A sad tale of police, guns and a family history | Albuquerque Journal News

 Posted by at 8:34 am on Mon 06/02/14