New police training puts fewer limits on use of force

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Posted: Sunday, February 16, 2014 11:30 am

As the New Mexico State Police and the Albuquerque Police Department have come under scrutiny in recent months for a rash of officer-involved shootings, the man who sets the tone for training police recruits in the state has instituted a curriculum that puts less restraint on officers in deciding when to use deadly force.

“Evil has come to the state of New Mexico, evil has come to the Southwest, evil has come to the United States,” said Jack Jones, director of the Law Enforcement Academy, when asked about the new approach.

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  • Susan Lowe posted at 10:37 am on Sun, Apr 13, 2014.

    Marlowe Posts: 1

    Physical requirements for police applicants must match the requirements of the job. The two physical requirements mentioned in this article are arbitrary, unrelated to any specific police activity and clearly there to prevent women from becoming law enforcement officers in New Mexico. This is an outrageous abuse of power by Jones who is clearly unqualified for his position.

    A lawsuit involving similar issues was filed and won in federal court involving the Columbus, OH Division of Police in the 1970's. I don't remember the name of the case but I believe that the decision came down in 1980. That police department now has a woman chief, a lower crime rate and fewer uses of force, fatal or otherwise as well as fewer lawsuits. I hope that an attorney who cares about the people in New Mexico files a suit on behalf of women police applicants who have been prevented from doing a job that they can do well because of arbitrary and discriminatory acts committed by public officials who gave up their responsibility to supervise Jones and the acts he committed once they set him loose on the people of New Mexico.

  • Paula Lozar posted at 9:25 pm on Mon, Feb 17, 2014.

    PLozar Posts: 64

    The thinking behind the new curriculum appears to be, "Assume that everyone who breaks a law, no matter how minor, is armed, and react accordingly." This has led to the State Police shooting at two unarmed women who were stopped for minor traffic infractions and (apparently) panicked and tried to get away, with fatal results for one of them.

    This makes me nervous. Case in point: One evening about a year ago, I was stopped by a State trooper for a minor traffic infraction. I dutifully pulled over, opened the driver's side window, and waited with my hands on the wheel. However, the officer came around the other side of the car and rapped loudly on the passenger-side window. I jumped, then reached down for the switch and opened that window. We had a conversation, and he sent me on my way. But if he'd assumed that I was on drugs (because I jumped), and/or was reaching for a gun instead of the window switch, I'd probably be pushing up the daisies today.

    I have the greatest respect for law enforcement, who put their lives on the line every day. And I agree that the academy should teach them to prepare for the worst-case scenario. However, teaching them to react as if every traffic stop was that worst-case scenario seems misguided to me.

  • George Chandler posted at 6:33 pm on Mon, Feb 17, 2014.

    geochandler Posts: 2

    Looks like evil has come to the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy. Where do they find these neanderthals? The NRA?

  • Mark Ordonez posted at 12:40 pm on Mon, Feb 17, 2014.

    marcoordonez Posts: 1165

    So the public is now the hunted, and the Academy will train those hired to protect us, to hunt. Jones and his supporters are cause for great concern. These are dark day in New Mexico for it's citizens. More of the more racist, violent, and immoral POS will gravitate to becoming Law Enforcement and the good cops will be father and fewer between. Strange, I'd bet the overwhelming majority of Jones supporters are hard core right-wingers who accuse the Obama administration of trying to implement Nazi-like policies. I ask them then, what would they call Jones's teachings?
    I'm not sure what the Democrats have coming down the pipeline but if Gary King is the best they have, Susanna is here to stay another term. In that time span, how many more innocent New Mexican's will die "justifiably" at the hands of another EVIL cop.

  • Steve Salazar posted at 9:12 am on Mon, Feb 17, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 2038

    27% of those killed by APD were white, no free pass there.

  • Nancy Udell posted at 6:59 am on Mon, Feb 17, 2014.

    Nancy Udell Posts: 7

    As much as I appreciate the difficult and important job police do, I was deeply troubled bu this piece and the attitude of jones who sounded like a cross between jack nicholson's character in a few good men. "You want me on this wall..." And al haig "I'm in charge here" The Jeanette Anaya shooting was chilling and incomprehensible. Now we learn that this guy is shortening the training and emphasizing bullets. And he seems to be eliminating women (29 push ups in a minute ladies). Scary.

  • Alfred Padilla posted at 6:13 pm on Sun, Feb 16, 2014.

    Xenoace32 Posts: 554

    Shoot to kill as long as they are Hispanic Black or Native American, Anglos get a free ride!

  • Alfred Padilla posted at 6:04 pm on Sun, Feb 16, 2014.

    Xenoace32 Posts: 554

    Evil wears a badge!

    Bunch of fanatics!

  • Steve Salazar posted at 3:43 pm on Sun, Feb 16, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 2038

    So the cops kill the lawbreakers, why would that bother me? Why would we shoot back, let them take out the scum of the earth.

  • Gregorio Ambrosini posted at 3:21 pm on Sun, Feb 16, 2014.

    Gregorio Ambrosini Posts: 56

    The good thing about this article is the Tea Part, and Libertarians will see it and vote against Ol Suzanna. Let's hope she'll be voted out, before she does too much damage.

  • Gregorio Ambrosini posted at 3:02 pm on Sun, Feb 16, 2014.

    Gregorio Ambrosini Posts: 56

    They want a war in the u.s. They have been working on computer generated scenarios for years. They don't care how many cops die, they don't care how many civilians die . As long as they get there war. That's the way they plan of destroying America. It's a shame, but it won't take much to light the fuse. I think it's already lit, it's just a matter of time. They may have been studying us , but we've been studying them. We studied their ways far to often for our liking.

  • Gregorio Ambrosini posted at 2:54 pm on Sun, Feb 16, 2014.

    Gregorio Ambrosini Posts: 56

    You guys are going to have real problems when the people start shooting back. We're taking note of your murders. Don't forget there's more of us than you. You can make your bed; yet you will get your comeuppance as you lay down in it.

  • Francisco Carbajal posted at 12:13 pm on Sun, Feb 16, 2014.

    FranciscoCarbajal Posts: 325

    I guess the best thing that can happen for any one interesting on what NM Law Enforcement Officer's do on a daily basis is to ride along with them and see for themselves. They can also attend a police citizen academy and learn the basic training program they receive prior to graduating from the police academy, etc. Of course, the police instructor's at the NM LEA do not have all the answers, yet, they are competent and professional enough to teach each recruit on how to survive out in the violent streets we all live in. NM is not the only state that has violent crimes happening against police officer's on-duty. The "evil" one does exists and we do have police officer's dying each day somewhere in the nation regardless of what political correctness and/or interpretation of when to use deadly force or not sits at this time.

  • Pat Shackleford posted at 11:56 am on Sun, Feb 16, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 1100

    "Evil has come to the United States", but first it came to New Mexico, apparently.
    I hope this cartoon-clown will apply a rating system to the "evil" that officers encounter, to better help them decide when to shoot-to-kill. For example, it was recently declared "justified" for an officer to empty his gun into a vehicle and its occupants that was driving AWAY from him and kill the driver, Jeanette Anaya. The probable cause was shaky and made-up after-the-fact (rolling through a GREEN light) to justify the attempted stop in the first place. Otherwise, she was not fleeing a crime-scene or known to be a criminal. It was later found she had a misdemeanor warrant, which typically does not call-for summary judgement or the death penalty. Where would her situation rate on a 1>10 "evil" scale, where 10 is a situation where deadly force is clearly appropriate? Lord help us; our legislators, attorney generals and prosecutors aren't doing much to protect the public from hot-headed gunslingers with anger management issues.

  • Joseph Hempfling posted at 10:14 am on Sun, Feb 16, 2014.

    joehempfling Posts: 691


  • Joe Montoya posted at 10:12 am on Sun, Feb 16, 2014.

    Joe_Montoya Posts: 137

    There has to be common ground between the use of deadly force and the safety of the citizens. What I believe is that this training provided is leading some officers to shoot first and ask questions later. Sure law-enforcement is not as easy as some people perceive it to be, but being trigger happy in some instances is out of the question and not in the best interests of law-enforcement. No wonder the Justice Department is investigating some law-enforcement agencies using fire-power when it is not merited or deserved!

  • Julian R. Grace posted at 9:54 am on Sun, Feb 16, 2014.

    Logies New Mexican Posts: 349

    Jones and Carbajal have decided that women and children are the evil enemy. When innocents start to get hurt is that when we as a society will finally stand and force change to nonviolent law enforcement? Sick. I wonder if the recruitment manual is also being changed to attract and hire candidates prone to violence?

  • Francisco Carbajal posted at 7:46 am on Sun, Feb 16, 2014.

    FranciscoCarbajal Posts: 325

    Here we go again with the media portraying the law enforcement community has being deceitful and attempting to be hiding something from the public. Of course, we are going to have the bleeding hearts from out of state claiming that a "one-man" show cannot be in control of use of force training modules and curriculum programs for teaching police recruits on how to handle violent encounters with the "evil ones" while performing their lawful duties. I think Mr. Jack Jones is on the right track and the people who are complaining about his training methods relating to keeping up with the trend of how to protect and defend our police officer's from getting killed in the line of duty is exemplary and outstanding. In the time being, if the NM Attorney General's Office wants to inspect the NM LEA training program to see if it will stand constitutional muster in the courts, then, he and his staff should attend the next recruit training program and see for themselves on what the hell is going on at the police academy. Lastly, I do not agree the public needs to know every detail on what every police recruit receives on the training curriculum at the academy. As you know, the evil doer's wants to learn the same tactics being taught to a cop so he/she can have the upper lever in the end. BTW, John Wilson, you just don't get it or have a clue on what "evil" is.[yawn][sneaky][thumbdown]

  • John Wilson posted at 5:52 am on Sun, Feb 16, 2014.

    John Wilson Posts: 66

    "Evil has come"! Does he think he is in a Zane Gray novel or a comic book?


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