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SUN Reporter Claims Retaliation by Sheriff’s Office | The Line

October 18, 2019 – Rio Grande Sun reporter Tabitha Clay has alleged that sheriff’s deputies have retaliated against her on three separate occasions after she wrote a story about a deputy who tased a special needs student at Española Valley High School. Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel look at these allegations of police harassment and retaliation for Ms. Clay’s coverage of the now-fired Rio Arriba County sheriff’s deputy.

Line Panelists:
Janice Arnold-Jones, former state representative
Michael Bird, public health consultant
Dede Feldman, former state senator
Edmund E. Perea, attorney

For Further Reading:
SUN Reporter Files Claim Against Sheriff’s Office for Retaliation  – Rio Grande Sun
ACLU: Sheriff’s office retaliates against reporterAlbuquerque Journal
‘Cease and desist’: Journalism’s strained relationship with policeColumbia Journalism Review

Using Restraints on Public School Students | The Line

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October 18, 2019 – Searchlight New Mexico reporter Ed Williams released an investigative story tracking the use of controversial restraint techniques on special education students at Albuquerque Public Schools. The article points out a discrepancy between the actual use of such methods and what is disclosed in federal reports. Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel discuss the use of restraint and seclusion practices and how best to protect some students from themselves and others while still being transparent about the process.

Line Panelists:
Janice Arnold-Jones, former state representative
Michael Bird, public health consultant
Dede Feldman, former state senator
Edmund E. Perea, attorney

For Further Reading:
Restraint, Seclusion, DeceptionSearchlight New Mexico
How Some Schools Restrain or Seclude Students: A Look at a Controversial PracticeNPR