Reasons Why New Mexico’s Esque-Finest Continue To Cause Chaos
The criminal justice system is getting sloppier, stricter, and more chaotic.
Chief of Police Harold Medina and the entire Albuquerque Police Force (APD) can finally say that their department is no longer the worst police department in the State of New Mexico. Temporarily, of course. With APD, you never know. They killed many unarmed individuals in 2022, the most notable being a mentally ill individual that attacked them with fingernail clippers. He got blown away for pointing the file at officers. But in New Mexico, the Farmington Police Force unanimously wins the worst police department today, leading the Albuquerque Police Force by a narrow margin.
We witnessed one of the worst police communication break down in New Mexican history. The Farmington Police Department not only shot and killed an innocent bystander, they went to the wrong house and killed the wrong person. It’s so unbelievable that, it’s hard to comprehend. See the video of the incident below. Guess what? You society must pay up.
Reasons why the police cause more chaos than peace.
1. Use of Force
The use of force by police is a complex and controversial issue that has received increased attention in recent years. Police officers are authorized to use force when necessary to protect themselves or others, to make an arrest, or to prevent a suspect from escaping. However, the amount and type of force that officers may use is governed by law and departmental policies, and excessive use of force can violate a suspect’s civil rights and lead to legal and public relations problems for police departments.
Many police departments have adopted use of force policies and training programs that emphasize de-escalation techniques and non-lethal force options, such as pepper spray and tasers, in order to minimize the risk of injury or death to suspects and officers. However, incidents of excessive force or deadly force by police continue to occur and have sparked protests and calls for police reform. The use of body cameras and other forms of accountability measures have also been implemented in many departments to increase transparency and promote trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.
What is the purpose of the police force?
The purpose of the police is to protect and serve the people in a community by enforcing laws, preventing crime, and maintaining order. They are responsible for responding to emergency situations, investigating crimes, making arrests, and ensuring the safety of the public. Additionally, they work to build relationships with the community they serve and to promote crime prevention through education and outreach programs. We, as a community, a state, and a country rely on our police force to maintain the peace.
Police corruption is a form of misconduct in which police officers abuse their power in exchange for personal gain. This can include accepting bribes, engaging in illegal activities, using excessive force, and falsifying evidence. Police corruption can undermine public trust in law enforcement and compromise the integrity of the criminal justice system. Efforts to combat police corruption include increased transparency, accountability, and oversight of law enforcement agencies, as well as training and education for police officers on ethical conduct and integrity.
- Lack of accountability: When police officers are not held accountable for their actions, they may be more likely to engage in unethical or illegal behavior.
- Poor training: Insufficient training can lead to officers making mistakes or acting inappropriately.
- Insufficient pay: Some police officers may be more likely to accept bribes or engage in other unethical behavior if they are not paid enough to support themselves and their families.
- Organizational culture: If the culture within a police department is one that condones corruption or turns a blind eye to it, officers may be more likely to engage in unethical behavior.
- Power and authority: Police officers are granted a great deal of power and authority, which can be abused if not kept in check.
Can history tell us what the future holds?
The Watergate Scandal of the early 1970s, was a pivotal moment in the early stages of the traditional media movement. American society became more cynical about politics and less trusting of the government. Nixon was the first and only sitting U.S. President to resign from office amidst a massive scandal that was uncovered through investigative journalism. That was the beginning of the traditional movement and the that was the end of American mass culture.
In the 1950s media landscape burst onto everyone’s brand-new TV sets. Instead of listening to the news on the radio or reading the daily newspaper, the American Public saw reality before their very eyes—something they hadn’t witnessed before. If we can’t see we can’t judge. For example: Franklin Delano Roosevelt was in a wheelchair most of his life, the people around him knew he was, but the general public had no clue. What if they had known? JFK had more mistresses than Milton Berle. How many U.S Presidents do you think would have been forced to resign? Loathe it or lust it, social media changed the culture of how we view individuals. Especially police officers and police forces. The fact that we can now see what truly happens through police body cams and the general public filming their own footage (think George Floyd) the police have to do things by the book. But do they?
3. Smarter Social Media
In 2023 everyone has a smartphone. Everyone has access to the internet. A quick trip to YouTube will enlighten the readers on how many individuals who get pulled over know more about laws and what the police can and can’t do during traffic stops than the arresting officers. We know you can’t suffocate an individual as you arrest them. We know you can’t shoot and kill unarmed humans, especially if they have nail clippers. And we know you can’t knock on the wrong door and kill the incorrect individual.
But yet, police forces throughout New Mexico and the nation get away with this corrupt behavior on a daily basis. The author of this blog article decided to go back and revisit his old (over seven years old this month) criminal complaints to see if what the officers wrote down matched what happened. Not even close. It was very disheartening. It is recommended anyone convicted of a felony go and read their criminal complaints. Why are criminal complaints so vital? Because that is your induction into the criminal justice system. And whatever lies or truths are on that paper will define you through your journey trying to get out of the spin cycle.
The criminal justice system: What is it?
The criminal justice system is a set of government agencies and institutions whose goal is to identify and catch criminal offenders, bring them to justice, and reprimand them for their crimes. The criminal justice system comprises of three main components: law enforcement agencies, courts, and correctional institutions. Law enforcement agencies are responsible for investigating crimes and apprehending suspects. Courts are responsible for determining the guilt or innocence of the accused and administering justice in accordance with the law. Correctional institutions are responsible for the management and rehabilitation of convicted criminals. Each part of the criminal justice system plays an enormous role in what should be the final goal. The final goal should be rehabilitation and how prepared they can get said individual to be a productive member of society. Quick note: only 8.2% of incarcerated individuals are on death row or received a sentence of life without the possibility of parole. Which means that over 90% of incarcerated individuals will be released at some point. Why not get them prepared. You would think that they would be prepared, skilled workers ready to take on the world. No. This is not the case. Upon release from prison or jail most have no money, no skills, no support, and no hope. What do you think they are going to do?
You just got arrested. It’s The beginning of a never ending loop. You have just jumped into a blurry halo that is near impossible to get out of. Whatever is said on that criminal complaint, for the most part, true or not, stands firm. Before it’s submitted to the courts, the cops and district attorney must agree that its a winner for them. Make sure you understand your situation early on.
They say that the scales of justice have interesting way of balancing out. The most important part of this section of the criminal justice system is that you understand what collateral consequences are and how they impact your future. The courts are not always informative or empathetic. So ask questions before you sign a plea deal or go to trial. Know what the punishments are.
Once locked up you get a resemblance of power back. The second you get to jail or prison and or are sentenced. You should be thinking about rehabilitation. Time can fly if you are being productive. Learn a trade. Get your GED or college degree. El Camino Creative Inc offers vocational tech classes such as web design, graphic design, and content creation courses and certificates.
Dedicated to the innocent
Our hearts go out to the the Dotson family. Nothing can replace the loss of a loved one, especially the way this incident went down. The Farmington Police Force needs to make this horrific situation right, the officers involved need to be held accountable, and police departments around New Mexico and the nation must become more human and empathetic.
The famous saying of “we need to have a complete overhaul with the criminal justice system” is a term that has been used ever since prisons and jails existed. The main problem is that the criminal justice system is set up like as a for-profit business model. So, how in the world would a for-profit business model function when the clients are the actual products. The more products in the system the more money they will make. What incentives does the criminal justice system have to rehabilitate an incarcerated individual? The criminal justice system is a billion dollar beast that has been spinning for centuries.
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