From intimate partner violence to sexual slavery, women are being brutally beaten, raped, and sold as chattel in our communities. The market for sex trafficking is thriving on the internet as women and girls can be bought and sold on a smartphone. New Mexico ranks 48th out of 50 states in the frequency of sexual assaults. (The state auditor says that one in four women will be raped in their lifetimes). And men in New Mexico are murdering women at an alarming rate-the state is unenviably third in the nation per capita in that respect. Yet law enforcement and the media have remained ambivalent to violence against women. Sadly, it's open season on women in New Mexico, as Jacquelyn Barela recently learned.
The shooting of Mary S. Hawkes is profiled in an article by The Washington Post. Through the facts of Mary's case, the article illuminates the broader problems with the use of department-issued body cameras in police departments across the country. Read more at this link.
The ABQ Journal has published an article in connection with the shooting of Mary S. Hawkes. In the article, Sgt. Norris confirms that police mishandled evidence, and that Mary's constitutional rights were violated that night. Read more at the link below.
This firm today filed a petition to the United States Supreme Court in A.M. v. Acosta, a case in which a 13-year-old middle school student in Albuquerque, New Mexico was detained by police and transported in handcuffs to the juvenile detention center for burping audibly during his gym class.
On February 22, 2017, a jury returned a verdict against our client, Tim Young, in his claim that a doctor at Gila Regional Medical Center, Bryant Beesley, M.D., battered him when he conducted a rectal digital search at the request of Hidalgo County Sheriff's officers.
KOB4 profiles the tragic killing of Nikki Bascom, a Silver City resident and mother of two who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend, Silver City Police Captain Mark Contreras, who then killed himself.
Vice News profiles the recent criminal case involving two police officers who were accused of second degree murder for the killing of James Boyd, a homeless man who was camping in the Sandia foothills.
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. "