This week on New Mexico in Focus, NMiF Correspondent Gwyneth Doland asks Mayor Richard J. Berry about why it has taken so long to focus on the problems at the Albuquerque Police Department and what his plans for reform are in the wake of a damning Department of Justice report on the use of force by APD. Scott Greenwood and Tom Streicher, consultants hired by the city to negotiate with DOJ and oversee reforms, join the mayor talk about their experiences in Cincinnati, a city that went through similar issues a decade ago.
New Mexico in Focus airs Friday night at 7 p.m. on Channel 5.1 and appears online again at NMiF shortly thereafter. The show rebroadcasts Saturday at 5 p.m. on Channel 9.1 and again on Sunday at 7 a.m. on Channel 5.1.
The Line opinion panel discusses the massive jet fuel spill at Kirtland Air Force Base and a national segment on the controversy that aired last week on the PBS NewsHour. The New Mexico Environment Department has given the Air Force a June 30th deadline to have a small pilot project cleanup system installed to remove contaminants from the spill or face fines of $10,000 per day. Meanwhile the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority is putting forth an additional plan that officials say is a “line in the sand” to prevent contamination of drinking water supplies.
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New Mexico in Focus is produced by Megan Kamerick. Funding has been provided in part by the McCune Foundation, the Communications Fund and the Santa Fe Community Foundation.