Elon James White on what to do if you’re stopped by the police or an immigration officer. Thanks to our colleagues at the ACLU for producing this video.
KOB4 Eyewitness news interview’s Shannon Kennedy on the shooting of Mary Hawkes and the lawsuit filed by Kennedy, Kennedy & Ives on behalf of the Mary Hawkes Estate in the Second Judicial District Court of Albuquerque. See the video here.
Al Jazeera follows the Albuquerque Police Department’s (APD) 40-year history of police misconduct and department corruption. Recent events are the Department of Justice findings against the APD, victims’ stories (including that of Kenneth Ellis III represented by Shannon Kennedy and Joseph Kennedy), and police officers who spoke out and were retaliated against. This article focuses on the APD, but provides a lens for a larger understanding of how class and race issues are intertwined with history of police misconduct. Read the full article here: Albuquerque PD: a case study of police brutality.
In an era of civil unrest and protest over police brutality, many are calling into question the validity of body cameras worn by policemen. Initially, the cameras were meant to prevent police from performing unnecessary violence, however the history of police body cams has revealed that the devices have often had the opposite effect. Read the full article here.
The Legal Team at Kennedy, Kennedy & Ives remains humbled by the bravery of our client, Dianna Guerrero, who stepped forward to share her story of sexual assault by a police officer when she was an high school intern with the Las Cruces Police Department. Dianna’s nightmare of betrayal is one of many from across the country covered by investigative journalists Matt Sedensky and Nomaan Merchant in the AP’s three-part story: Betrayed By The Badge.
“The family of a special education student who says she was inappropriately touched by her teacher has received a $750,000 settlement in a lawsuit that claims Albuquerque Public Schools administrators ignored repeated complaints about the man spanning a decade. ”
Read the full article here.
Photo Courtesy: Albuquerque Journal
Police policies nationwide declare that body camera footage should not be released if the situation at hand is part of an active investigation. The ACLU argues why this does not justify keeping the police videos secret. Read the full article here. This firm is currently involved in litigation related to this issue in a case involving public records requests for documents and materials associated with the killing of James Boyd.