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5/4/12 New Mexico in Focus Audio: Episode 545

This week on NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS, Albuquerque’s mayor and chief of police sit down to talk about the city’s reaction to a string of shootings by police that began in 2010. Both the chief and mayor have been scrutinized as shooting totals rise.

The Line opinion panel convenes to talk about Bernalillo County Commissioner Michael Wiener’s controversial photographs taken in a Filipino red light district well-known for its role in the sex trade. Republicans statewide have called on Wiener to resign. The commissioner refuses.

Plus, Sunland Park is a seemingly rudderless ship in Southern New Mexico, adrift in a sea of allegations and criminal charges against a roster of public officials. A newly appointed mayor was prevented from taking office after a legal opinion argued the city council met illegally when it named him to the city’s top post.

And just what does the Internet giant Google have a right to know as they cruise the streets under the guise of mapping the globe? The Line looks at new concerns raised in a federal investigation into data snatching.

Richard Berry, Mayor of Albuquerque
Ray Schultz, Chief of Albuquerque Police Department

—THE LINE Guest Panelists:
Laura Sanchez, Environmental Attorney
Rob Nikolewski, Capitol Report New Mexico
Matt Reichbach, New Mexico Telegram
Sophie Martin, Editor in Chief, New Mexico Law Review

Gene Grant

The Producers of NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS are Matt Grubs and Kathy Wimmer. Funding for this program was provided in part by the McCune Foundation.