This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Gwyneth Doland interviews investigative journalist Radley Balko about his book “Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces.” Balko writes for the Washington Post on the criminal justice system and civil liberties. In his book, he traces the evolution of police forces across the country.
The program airs Friday nights at 7 p.m. on channel 5.1 and appears online on the NMiF website 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.
NMiF host Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel analyze this week’s elections, which saw the victory of Republican incumbents CD2 Representative Steve Pearce, Gov. Susana Martinez and Secretary of State Dianna Duran. Democrats won races for U.S. Senate, CD1 and CD3, Auditor, Treasurer and Attorney General races, while the Land Commissioner contest was still in a dead heat the day after the polls closed.
The Line also looks at the sweeping settlement agreement signed by the Albuquerque Police Department and the U.S. Department of Justice last week. APD will overhaul a number of policies and practices in a variety of areas, including recruitment, training and use of force. The consent decree also calls for a new civilian oversight body, a use of force review board, and the creation of a mental health advisory committee to review department policies on responding to people with mental illness.
The Line also looks at the Virgin Galactic disaster in California last week and what it means for the New Mexico Spaceport America, and the outcome from ballot questions on marijuana penalties and funding more mental health services.
• Radley Balko, author, “Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces”
Guest Line Panelists
• Lonna Atkeson, UNM political science professor
• Julie Ann Grimm, editor, Santa Fe Reporter
• James Monteleone, political reporter, Albuquerque Journal
• Steve Terrell, political reporter, Santa Fe New Mexican
• Gwyneth Doland
• Gene Grant
Co-producers are Megan Kamerick, Floyd E. Vasquez Jr. and associate producer, Kathy Wimmer. Funding for this program was provided in part by the McCune Foundation Communications Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation.