APD Opens Investigation into DWI Unit & More

The Albuquerque Police Department has initiated an internal investigation into potential corruption within its DWI unit as part of a broader federal probe. Chief Harold Medina has reassigned a targeted lieutenant within the Internal Affairs Division to an unspecified role. In August, a police stop led to allegations that an officer instructed a driver to consult a specific lawyer to avoid legal charges. The FBI partially focused its investigation on DWI cases filed by certain officers that were later dismissed in court.

In other news, Chief Medina and his wife were not injured when he crashed his car into a vehicle while evading an exchange of gunfire near a homeless encampment. The other driver sustained serious injuries.

Additionally, the New Mexico legislature has called on Attorney General Raúl Torrez to establish a new task force aimed at addressing the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous people. The task force is expected to have no more than 40 members, and will provide legislative proposals and updates to a detailed plan created by a previous, now-defunct task force.

On a cultural note, local pro-Palestinian groups successfully campaigned against a concert performance by Jewish American rapper Matisyahu at the Meow Wolf venue. Santa Fe Mayor Allen Webber criticized the decision.

In related developments, over 100 protestors, including students, faculty and community members, demanded the University of New Mexico Board of Regents call for a cease-fire in Gaza. The Regents supported the participants’ right to protest but were hesitant to comment publicly on the matter. Protests have stirred debate related to free speech across US campuses.

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