Tuesday’s 5 Facts
- Flash flood warnings, flood warnings, and flash flood watches are all in affect for the eastern and southern part of the state. Expect a high of 69 degrees in the metro.
- There is still some standing water in parts of the metro area after a big rainstorm. Sky News captured this video of dark clouds hovering over Albuquerque. Hail also fell near San Pedro and Gibson.
- Bernalillo County is planning a major road overhaul. The county plans to dig up about three and half miles of Bridge Boulevard from New Coors stretching east to the other side of the Rio Grande at 8th Street. The county is considering landscaped medians, wider bike lanes and more. You can give your feedback at the South Valley Senior Center starting at 4:30 p.m. this Thursday.
- Experts say an increase in videos showing alleged excessive force by police may be driving public perception. KRQE News 13 spoke with UNM Sociology professor Mara Velez who says most experts believe the number of people killed by officers is at its lowest it’s ever been. She also says video does hamper the likelihood that police will use excessive force. ACLU’s new app allows people in some states to shoot video if they believe they’re witnessing police brutality and send it directly to them.
- A woman whose husband was shot and killed by APD is filing suit. In 2012, Gary Atencio’s wife called 911 after he shot at her. He then led officers on a chase and refused to surrender when he jumped out. APD officer Russ Carter shot him in the back, killing him. An attorney for the Atencio family says he was holding a gun to his own head and was no danger to anyone else. In court documents filed Friday, the city said the officer’s actions were reasonable and that the city shouldn’t be held liable.
Top Morning Headlines
The Public Education Department says about 73 percent of New Mexico teachers rated effective or better. Last year that number was 78 percent. A controversial evaluation system relies on different factors including test scores. The evaluations can affect a teacher’s pay. The state said teacher attendance had improved.
A Navajo woman in New Mexico has started a petition to stop the controversial Adam Sandler Netflix film “The Ridiculous Six.” The film is being filmed here in New Mexico. Alexis young blood said she was on the set when she and about a dozen other Native American actors walked off late last month. She said she was disrespected and the movie promotes negative stereotypes about Native Americans. Her petition on Change.org has gotten 25,000 signatures from around the world. Netflix says the film is a broad satire of Western films.