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Debate Over Body-Worn Cameras for Law Enforcement | The Line

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October 18, 2019 – Despite offers by the Bernalillo County Commission of more than $1million in financial support, Sheriff Manny Gonzales is still refusing to outfit his deputies with body cameras. While police-reform advocates say they’re important accountability tools, Sheriff Gonzales says body cams would be used to unfairly criticize deputies. Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel debate the benefit of body cameras for law enforcement officers in New Mexico.

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/Watching:
Commissioners Try Again to Get Sheriff to Accept Use of CamerasAlbuquerque Journal
Family of Woman Killed by BCSO Deputies Calls for Use of Lapel CamerasKOB 4
Autopsy: Woman Shot by BCSO at Least 21 TimesAlbuquerque Journal


The Line: BCSO Deputy Points Gun At Motorcyclist

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October 13, 2017 – A cell phone video that went viral caught a Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputy pointing a gun at a motorcyclist. The controversial video has caused an uproar, but the Bernalillo County sheriff went on record defending the deputy. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists have a lively debate over whether the deputy’s actions were justified.

Line Panelists:
Dan Foley, former New Mexico house minority whip
Sophie Martin, attorney
Giovanna Rossi, president of Collective Action Strategies, LLC, and producer/host of
The Well Woman Show
Mary T. Torres, attorney at Law Offices of Mary T. Torres