Student Life

Suncat Chit Chat; Issue 40 Volume 19

By Carol Woodland, Staff Reporter | Photos by Carol Woodland
How did you react to the Albuquerque Police Department report from the Department of Justice released on Thursday, April 10?

Kishin Swenson, Political Science major “I want to see a citizen’s oversight committee that doesn’t need to go through the mayor or the police chief to fire or prevent the hiring of any police officer. There’s a culture of violence and the shootings are just the tip of the iceberg. I understand it’s a tough job, but they can’t go into it with the mindset of destroying evil; the easiest way to become evil is to label something as evil and attack it.”

Kishin Swenson, Political
Science major
“I want to see a citizen’s oversight
committee that doesn’t need to go
through the mayor or the police
chief to fire or prevent the hiring of
any police officer. There’s a culture
of violence and the shootings are just
the tip of the iceberg. I understand
it’s a tough job, but they can’t go into
it with the mindset of destroying evil;
the easiest way to become evil is to
label something as evil and attack it.”


Julian Sierra, EMT major “Their job is to protect and serve and they’re not doing that. I’m afraid to call the cops. If someone gets robbed, I don’t even know if I want to call the cops because they might think that I robbed the house.”

Julian Sierra, EMT major
“Their job is to protect and serve and they’re not doing that. I’m
afraid to call the cops. If someone gets robbed, I don’t even know
if I want to call the cops because they might think that I robbed
the house.”


James Newman, Engineering major “They’ve got this military mentality, their job isn’t to go to war with the citizens, their job is to ensure the peace. You don’t do that by shooting people, there’s other methods.”

James Newman, Engineering major
“They’ve got this military mentality, their job
isn’t to go to war with the citizens, their job is to
ensure the peace. You don’t do that by shooting
people, there’s other methods.”


Cody Montoya-Harris (left), Pre-Nursing major “I think it’s great that they’re investigating. With everybody watching, with the recent story of the shooting, it’s important for people to protest responsibly because everybody’s watching. You can’t protest violence with violence. If it’s done right, it can set the stage for other cities doing right too, everybody’s watching.”

Cody Montoya-Harris (left), Pre-Nursing major
“I think it’s great that they’re investigating. With everybody
watching, with the recent story of the shooting, it’s important for
people to protest responsibly because everybody’s watching. You
can’t protest violence with violence. If it’s done right, it can set
the stage for other cities doing right too, everybody’s watching.”


Brandon Jones, Network Administration major “I’m glad that the DOJ came in and did what they had to do, I think that was the first step. My major issue with APD is when something like this happens, no one gets fired; it’s been a repeating problem. Start making examples out of people, fire people. They need to start making examples out of bad cops.” “I understand that APD has a hard job, that’s not an easy job to begin with, but they need to start making examples out of cops that make bad decisions.” “It’s a sad situation and it needs to be dealt with. People that are bad cops need to be dealt with and they need to lose their jobs and make examples out of them.”

Brandon Jones, Network Administration major
“I’m glad that the DOJ came in and did what they had to do, I think that was the first
step. My major issue with APD is when something like this happens, no one gets fired;
it’s been a repeating problem. Start making examples out of people, fire people. They
need to start making examples out of bad cops.”
“I understand that APD has a hard job, that’s not an easy job to begin with, but they
need to start making examples out of cops that make bad decisions.”
“It’s a sad situation and it needs to be dealt with. People that are bad cops need to be
dealt with and they need to lose their jobs and make examples out of them.”

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