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The Line: New Constitutional Amendment Proposed for Public Safety

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May 24, 2019 – Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss the perception by many Burqueños that the city is a dangerous place in which to live, and debate Bernalillo County District Attorney Raúl Torrez’s proposed constitutional amendment that would make it easier to detain certain people accused of a crime before they’re found guilty.

Line Panelists:
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Sophie Martin, attorney
Serge Martinez, professor, UNM School of Law
Rachel Sams, editor, Albuquerque Business First

For Further Reading:

BernCo DA unveils plan for defendant detention – by Katy Barnitz and Elise Kaplan, Albuquerque Journal

District Attorney Torrez introduces pretrial detention proposal – Rebecca Atkins, KRQE

Albuquerque shaken by crime – by Daniel J. Chacón, Santa Fe New Mexican

State Police role in ABQ questioned – by Elise Kaplan, Albuquerque Journal

The Line: How Police Officers Handle People Experiencing Mental Illness

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November 17, 2017 – The Santa Fe New Mexican reported this week on the response by a crisis negotiation team in the police department to a call with a man in crisis who was schizophrenic. Anthony Benavidez was shot and killed by police officers after barricading himself inside his apartment. The response by police is raising new questions about how officers and specialized responders are trained for such calls. Host Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists react to the story this week on New Mexico in Focus.

Line Panelists
Dan Foley, former House minority whip
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy and McCarthy, LLP
H. Diane Snyder, former state senator
Harry Van Buren, professor in UNM Anderson School of Management