ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An Albuquerque man wants to cover the city with messages directed towards lawmakers, urging them to crack down on career criminals.
Imagine driving through Albuquerque and seeing billboard after billboard putting lawmakers on blast.
“I would basically say lawmakers we need change,” said Jason Pike. “It’s up to you.”
Pike is just one man that’s fed up in the wake of recent tragedies. But he said criminals in and out of trouble has unfortunately been an issue long before four-year-old Lilly Garcia was killed in a road rage attack and APD Officer Daniel Webster was gunned down in a traffic stop.
“It seems that New Mexico has become a haven for crime,” said Pike.
He’s now decided to try to publicize the problem.
“I figured we would get full page newspaper ads, maybe some billboards, maybe some TV,” said Pike.
He even created a GoFundMe page to help raise money for ads across the city that demand change.
“There has to be accountability for people who do crime,” said Pike.
On Thursday, lawmakers in Albuquerque did announce a plan.
Republican Reps said they want a constitutional amendment to allow judges to deny bail until trial for dangerous criminals.
Democratic Senators said they would like to see more pay for police, firefighters, and correction officers.
For Pike, he said he still hopes to pursue the ads and that they will create change.
Pike said if his ads get off the ground, they’re not just for lawmakers to see. He hopes they will also encourage voters to put some pressure on their politicians.
He hopes the ads will reach Santa Fe and Las Cruces as well.
Pike said he’s also not trying to cause any problems, just change.