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
October 4, 2019 – New questions have surfaced surrounding a former Rio Arriba County sheriff’s deputy caught on camera using a Taser on a 15-year-old high school student with special needs. Jeremy Barnes has since been fired from his position with the sheriff’s office. But as it turns out, he has a history of disciplinary concerns from four previous law enforcement jobs and two prior arrests. Host Gene Grant and The Line opinion panelists talk about whether law enforcement agencies across the state are doing enough to vet their employees, and how we make sure only qualified men and women are carrying a gun and a badge.
Line Panelists: Eric Griego, former NM state senator
Mary Hudetz, reporter, Associated Press
Serge Martinez, professor, UNM School of Law
Rachel Sams, editor, Albuquerque Business First