This week, New Mexico in Focus talks with families whose sons were killed by Albuquerque Police Department officers. They share their journeys to becoming activists, as well as their thoughts on what needs to happen for real reform to take root at APD.
The program airs Friday nights at 7 p.m. on channel 5.1 and appears online 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.
Also scheduled, the resignation of Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent Winston Brooks and the $350,000 buyout of his contract, two years early. Brooks has not given a reason for his departure and the APS Board has refused to release a report on an investigation into it, described as a “serious personnel issue” regarding Brooks.
The Line also looks at the push in Albuquerque and Santa Fe for reduced marijuana penalties, and discusses several issues in the On the Clock segment, including an alleged hazing incident with the University of New Mexico’s women’s soccer team, the immigration center in Artesia and the federal indictment of Rio Arriba County Sheriff Tommy Rodella and his son.
Guests (parents of sons who died from a police shooting)
Kenneth Ellis II
Dan Foley, former House Minority Whip
Viki Harrison, Common Cause
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, Sanchez Legal Solutions
Milan Simonich, Santa Fe New Mexican
The producer of New Mexico in Focus is Megan Kamerick. Associate producer is Kathy Wimmer. Funding for this program is provided in part by the McCune Foundation Communications Fund and the Santa Fe Community Foundation.