On April 21, 2017, the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Foundation held its 33rd Annual Amicus Honors Gala. The NMTLF took the unusual step of selecting dual honorees, Shannon and Joseph Kennedy, who have been protecting civil rights in New Mexico for over two decades. Heart-felt congratulations to Shannon and Joe.
KOB 4 exposes numerous lawsuits filed by a single lawyer and client against 99 Albuquerque businesses alleging noncompliance with the ADA's accessibility requirements. Shannon and Laura appeared as panelists on the show, discussing the ADA and a lawyer's professional responsibilities.
KOB4 ran a story highlighting sworn statements by APD's former records custodian manager Reynaldo Chavez. During a newly released deposition, Mr. Chavez disclosed that it is possible to alter APD lapel camera footage through the creation of an "orphan" video clip which is later substituted for and made to look like the original "parent" clip. These alterations can include inserting objects, such as a gun into lapel footage.
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.
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.
Al Jazeera follows the Albuquerque Police Department's (APD) 40-year history of police misconduct and department corruption. Recent events are the Department of Justice findings against the APD, victims' stories (including that of Kenneth Ellis III represented by Shannon Kennedy and Joseph Kennedy), and police officers who spoke out and were retaliated against. This article focuses on the APD, but provides a lens for a larger understanding of how class and race issues are intertwined with history of police misconduct. Read the full article here: Albuquerque PD: a case study of police brutality.
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.