A New Mexico family has filed suit against the Department of Public Safety, claiming that New Mexico State Police officers used excessive force while searching for an escaped prisoner. Family members claim that, among other things, several police officers pointed their assault rifles at an unarmed 9-year-old girl who was holding an infant.
It's Saturday afternoon. After a stressful week at work, you decide to treat yourself to a little shopping spree. You head out to the local mall and step into one of your favorite boutiques. However, you quickly notice that something is off. The shopkeeper seems to be eyeing you suspiciously, closely monitoring your every move as she follows you around the store. As you leave, she instructs the security guard to have you searched.
According to the FBI's most recent "Crime in the United States" report, violent crime rose noticeably in Albuquerque between 2015 and 2016, but only modestly nationwide. Experts say the national rise in violent crime is driven by spikes in a few cities and the overall rate remains near historically low levels. The FBI points out that this is the first time in a decade that the violent crime rate has risen in two consecutive years.
The family of Mary Hawkes, the 19-year-old who was shot down by police in 2014, has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the City of Albuquerque. They claim a series of unlawful searches and seizures, along with Albuquerque Police Department negligence, led to the young woman's wrongful death.