New Mexico Home GOP seeks solutions on Albuquerque ‘surge’

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – New Mexico Home Republicans are looking for solutions round a so-called surge final yr of state police combating crime in Albuquerque that allowed many suspects to stroll.

Seven Home Republicans despatched a letter Friday to Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham requesting an investigation into the much-criticized “Operation Surge.”

The 60-day surge was touted as a strategy to crack down on violent crime in Albuquerque by bringing in state law enforcement officials from rural components of the state.

However a KOAT-TV evaluation in December discovered that many of the circumstances involving the surge of New Mexico State Police combating crime in Albuquerque have been later dismissed.

In keeping with a element examination of circumstances, the station discovered that 52% of these circumstances have been tossed for quite a lot of causes, together with shoddy paperwork or an absence of proof.

The station found that among the circumstances have been dismissed as a result of state law enforcement officials didn’t present as much as court docket hearings.

The Republicans mentioned the “disappointing anti-crime operation” despatched a message to criminals that they doubtless gained’t be prosecuted for crimes.

“The general public deserves an official accounting from the administration, concerning ‘Operation Surge’,” mentioned Home Minority Chief Jim Townsend. “Sources from throughout the state have been redirected to extend public security, and if our felony justice system is rubber-stamping launch of those criminals, we want the companies concerned to clarify why.”

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