Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Your Son Is Deceased: ABQ has one of the highest rates in the country of fatal shootings by police, but no officer has been indicted

...Since 1987, the [Albuquerque] police department has shot at least a hundred and forty-six people. The shooting of Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri, looked almost routine to people in Albuquerque. They had seen such incidents many times before. Few people protested, and no one paid much attention. Police violence appeared to be a matter of concern only to Albuquerque’s underclass: those who are mentally ill, addicted to drugs, Native American, or Hispanic and poor. David Correia, a professor of American studies at the University of New Mexico, told me, “There’s this myth here of tri-cultural harmony—indigenous people, Mexican-Americans, and Anglos—but this precarious arrangement is built on a long history of violence against Spanish-speaking and indigenous people that still plays out.”

More:  http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/02/02/son-deceased

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