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UNM Crime Report, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Student Restraint Practices

This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Megan Kamerick sits down with Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller for an in-depth discussion on the eleven bonds and the quarter-cent gross receipts tax that will be on this November’s ballot, along with recent financial decisions that might impact how citizens vote. In recognition of New Mexico’s first Indigenous Peoples’ Day (replacing Columbus Day), the New Mexico in Focus crew heads to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center to capture the sights and sounds of the celebration. NMiF host Gene Grant looks into crime on urban college campuses like UNM – how police hope to track it and fight it, and whether a fence around campus or facial recognition software will help – in a conversation with Lt. Trace Peck of the University of New Mexico Police Department. Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel debate the benefit of body cameras for law enforcement officers in New Mexico. The Line also discusses the use of restraint in public schools and how best to protect some students from themselves and others while still being transparent about the process. Lastly, The Line looks at allegations by a Rio Grande Sun reporter of police harassment and retaliation for her coverage of a now-fired Rio Arriba County sheriff’s deputy.