Good for whom,


Apr 142014

Read it.

Everything You Need to Know About the Department of Justice Report on APD Violence: A Readers’ Guide | La Jicarita By DAVID CORREIA

According to the report, APD engages in unconstitutional policing. A majority of fatal shootings were unjustified. And it’s not just in the use of lethal force. The DOJ reviewed 200 reports of non-lethal force over a three-year period. … Among the 200 uses of non-lethal force, APD said less than 1% were unjustified. DOJ disagreed and concluded that more than one-third were unjustified. …

In one example, 47 officers responded to the scene of a man … who was drunk and disorderly and arguing with a friend. [He] held a small knife, but dropped the knife when ordered. He attempted to flee. …

a pattern that the DOJ concluded revealed “the chain of command’s disregard for detecting individual and aggregate patterns of unreasonable force by subordinates” (p. 25).

In other words APD leadership actively endorses these violent, unjustified and unconstitutional practices by refusing to investigate the use of force, and perhaps even more troubling, by rewarding this behavior as “exemplary.”

Everything You Need to Know About the Department of Justice Report on APD Violence: A Readers’ Guide | La Jicarita

 Posted by at 12:53 pm on Mon 04/14/14
Mar 262014

This is not the first time our city police force has shot and killed a suspect. Certainly not the first time this year, maybe not the first time this month. Too many people have been killed by APD. We need to investigate non-lethal tools.

Blame the War on Drugs and, especially, the War on Terror for turning our police into soldiers with an occupation force mentality. The cop on the beat and the soldier overseas look exactly a like.

Kudos to the Mayor for showing his humanity and shame on our brand-new police chief showing his lack thereof.

Photos and video at the link.

Mayor calls APD shooting ‘horrific … unsettling’ | ABQJournal Online

Mayor Richard Berry called it “horrific” and “unsettling.”

Several city councilors – on both sides of the aisle – said they were disturbed by what they saw.

The American Civil Liberties Union, a former district judge and the governor also weighed in.

Each called for a thorough, independent investigation into the Albuquerque Police Department’s shooting of a mentally ill homeless man, James M. Boyd, who was caught illegally camping in the Sandia foothills last week.

Video released by APD on Friday showed officers firing at the man, who was armed with two knives but appeared to be turning away from officers when shots rang out.

Debate over the shooting didn’t end at the New Mexico line, either, as the video attracted national attention. Viewers from across the nation commented on the video, which was picked up by the Los Angeles Times, the New York Daily News and other news organizations.

Mayor calls APD shooting ‘horrific … unsettling’ | ABQJournal Online

 Posted by at 9:03 am on Wed 03/26/14
Jun 232013

» Editorial: Bosque project deserves real input, not posturing | ABQ Journal

It is extremely easy to criticize a project when you come late to the party and are unencumbered by facts.

» Editorial: Bosque project deserves real input, not posturing | ABQ Journal

Can you tell the Albuquerque Journal is a conservative business booster? That single sentence is viciously insulting to the caring people who oppose developing the bosque, who oppose deviating from preservation into exploitation. But the Urinal, as Jas. Mullany calls it, sells advertising and would love to sell a spread to the good merchants of the New And Improved Bosque-land, now with 20% more fun, coupon attached. But, wait, the scurrilous insults continue…

» Editorial: Bosque project deserves real input, not posturing | ABQ Journal

Evaluation is needed. Politically motivated NIMBY-ism is not. Albuquerque is bisected by an amazing natural resource that is currently most enjoyed by homeless squatters, drug addicts and juvenile delinquents. Law-abiding, nature-loving residents and visitors should also get to enjoy it. And they must protect it.

» Editorial: Bosque project deserves real input, not posturing | ABQ Journal

That’s right: the bosque isn’t “enjoyed” by tax-paying citizens or mega-corps, by decent neighbors, by Aldo Leopold or Dave Parsons or V.B. Price. The bosque isn’t “enjoyed” by free-loading wildlife — coyotes, porcupines, myriad birds. Because it lacks amenities you must pay for, it is “most enjoyed by” [insert any group you fear or disdain -- liberals, for example]. We are law-abiding, nature-loving residents who also get to enjoy it. [See A Walk in Albuquerque’s Bosque » mjh's blog.] And we will protect it, especially from the scoundrels at the Journal. [spit on the ground] peace, mjh

 Posted by at 7:47 am on Sun 06/23/13
Feb 262013

Someday, people will stare in amazement at a photo like the following. “How could they live like that? What are those things?” In the meantime, for someone’s profit, we accept a needle thrust in our eyes time and time again.

a needle in my eye

ageless beauty

Now, isn’t that better? Why do we have to work our way around the ugliness? Beauty makes life better. What does ugly do?


 Posted by at 11:41 am on Tue 02/26/13
Sep 302012

If you earn any money from billboards, you’re despicable. Billboards are a needle in the eye of decent people and dollar signs in the eyes of people who don’t give a damn about others or about beauty. Clear enough?



 Posted by at 2:00 pm on Sun 09/30/12
May 112012

I happened to be walking through my living room when something next door caught my attention and drew me outdoors. An older, mostly non-descript red car was backing into my neighbor’s driveway. Odd. Odder still, the driver released the trunk from inside. Hmmm. I stood there, in plain sight, as the driver rustled through something in the front seat. He seemed to be pulling on gloves or ransacking the car. He looked up and through the open window on the passenger’s side we exchanged pleasantries. “How’s it going?” “Not bad, how about you?” I don’t recall who spoke first, just that it was an standard exchange between civil strangers.

The driver – a thief, as it turns out – was decent-looking, thirty-ish, clean-shaven, with short but not really-short black or dark hair. He was calm, albeit distracted. As I stood there, I pulled out my cellphone and called my neighbor. Perhaps she was expecting a delivery or worker or friend. She was quite surprised by my information. During this brief call, the guy closed his trunk and slowly drove off into the neighborhood. I saw a balloon fiesta NM plate starting with ‘LM’. (I’m easily befuddled by license plates – I expend a lot of energy scanning random characters for meaning.) At that point, my neighbor and I concluded it was an odd episode, nothing more.

When she got home, the neighbor realized someone had actually broken in. The front door was ajar. The back sliding door was broken and open. The bathroom window was broken. Some of her stuff was in pillowcases, but it seems they didn’t get away with anything. The cops arrived minutes after she called them and were very thorough and professional. They say they’ve had many such calls in our neighborhood and the University area.

If I’d gone down the hall instead of through the living room, I’d have missed the whole thing. Keep an eye out. Neighborhood watch works.

 Posted by at 9:08 am on Fri 05/11/12