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IN THIS SECTION Colorado (Durango, Cortez) incidents (2019/10/05 and 2019/07/17)          NM: Senator Heinrich on Jews in Alb. bombing etc. firm stand          Al Jazeera     Grandfather’s concern deceased grandson issues over local police 2019/07/17  and 2019/10/05 Colorado - Durango and Cortez 2019/10/05 Durango Colorado: Some recent Durango policing issues: Durango Herald: (2019/03/12)  Police take proactive approach to problems at Colorado Pongas: Agency sees positive results working with pool hall on liquor license violations. By Bret Hauff. https://durangoherald.com/articles/267388 Free Beacon: (2017/05/17) Vagrants overrun Colorado town legalized Marijuana https://freebeacon.com/issues/vagrants-overrun-colorado-town-legalized-marijuana/ Colorado Sun (2018/09/10) High Country Colorado Towns wrangle Big City Problems with homelessness https://coloradosun.com/2018/09/10/high-country-colorado-towns-wrangle-big-city-problems-with-homelessness/ 2019/07/17 Cortez The Journal 2019/06/29 Shane French’s lawsuit against city, police officers nears end.  By Erika Alvera.  https://the-journal.com/articles/143869 Excerpt:  The lawsuit was initially filed on Feb. 5, 2016, against the city of Cortez and police officers Casey Eubanks, Jennifer Lodge (also known as Jennifer Goodall), Boyd Neagle, Ryan Carter, Sgt. David Allmon and Chief Roy Lane. The filing came after French was found not guilty in the 22nd Judicial District Court in December 2014 on all charges relating to the alleged stabbing of a Cortez police officer.The original complaint alleges that Cortez police officers were called to the French family’s home for assistance for a mental health hold for French – a qualified individual with a disability – but then illegally entered without consent.The complaint further alleges that the officers pushed Glenn and Patti French, “tackled Shane French to the ground and handcuffed him,” and then “repeatedly tased Shane French while he was in handcuffs.”French was then charged with four counts of assaulting a peace officer and three counts of resisting arrest. The alleged assault was connected to a small nick on the left side of officer Casey Eubanks’ stomach, according to court testimony. French was in custody for about 10 months before being cleared of all charges by a jury. 2019/03/25 Cortez former police officer pay $100k in misconduct case. https://the-journal.com/articles/132439-cortez-former-police-officer-pay-100k-in-misconduct-case Excerpt: The city of Cortez and a former Cortez police officer agreed in January to pay a $100,000 settlement in a lawsuit filed a year after the officer pleaded guilty in a criminal misconduct case. Officer Reuben Liska resigned Feb. 4, 2017, amid a criminal investigation into an allegation that he had “inappropriate physical contact” with a woman who had called for police assistance. He was charged with one count of official misconduct in Montezuma County, and after pleading guilty in August 2017, was sentenced the following November to two years of probation. 2019/08/11 Martin Heinrich on Jewish Community Center bomb threat Below is something written by New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich in 2017, applicable now as then, with the recent spate of violence in El Paso and beyond. Federal, state, and local officials must act swiftly to help protect communities of all faiths and ensure that these cowardly threats and acts of vandalism are punished to the fullest extent possible. March 6, 2017 Dear Friend, Last month I visited the Jewish Community Center in Albuquerque on the same day that it was evacuated because of a bomb threat. This was the JCC's second bomb threat within three weeks. These alarming incidents in Albuquerque and across the country aim to introduce fear into our communities and must not be tolerated. During my tour of the JCC in Albuquerque with members of the board of directors, the New Mexico Anti-Defamation League, and the Jewish Federation of New Mexico, it was clear how beloved and central the facility is to the entire community. JCCs provide a safe and welcoming environment where families and children - whether Jewish or not - attend Hebrew classes, play sports, share holidays, and gather in peace. The rising number of bomb threats facing JCCs nationwide and numerous instances of hate-based violence and vandalism are appalling and do not represent the America I know and love. Any faith-based targeting, including anti- Semitism, is unacceptable-period. In order to deter and punish those responsible, I introduced bipartisan legislation to double the federal penalty for making fake bomb threats and provide $20 million in additional funding to the Department of Homeland Security dedicated to safeguarding faith-based community centers. I also sent a letter calling on the Senate Homeland Security Committee to conduct a hearing and asked for answers from the Administration about what actions it is taking, and plans to take, to combat these threats. Federal, state, and local officials must act swiftly to help protect communities of all faiths and ensure that these cowardly threats and acts of vandalism are punished to the fullest extent possible. MARTIN HEINRICH United States Senator 2019/09/04-05 Al Jazeera On Al Jazeera: There is material on this and other media groups. Know beyond the shadow of the doubt exactly why you are seeing a resource like this on Police Factor and River Gold.  This discussion is to help readers be able to follow the line of reasoning behind an  Al Jazeera article’s inclusion.  There is an Al Jazeera article excerpt and link included on this website Police Factor in the Gangs New Mexico section (on Native American gangs) and in the website River Gold’s Aviation section on problems with Boeing.    There is also one in the North Korea section on River Gold. The first thing you should be doing when you see Al Jazeera or some other controversial media outlet on this website is to mark a red flag in your mind.  Know this is not the first type of resource a website like Police Factor turns to when providing coverage on a subject.  So when you see something like this, know something is up.  In Police Factor, this is a type of alert or head’s up by including an article from this news group.  The alert can be about invasive fingers or perspective.   Invasive fingers means they’re getting into sensitive areas and broadcasting it to the public.  Perspective means they’re showing us a deeper side to the journalism milieu.  So the perspective aspect is a particularly nuanced or poignant social commentary.  It can also include observations about American military or industrial complexes with some significant or interesting data.  For both the invasive fingers and perspective aspects, it means that this very group has been paying attention to, and getting up close and personal with, a particular subject.  We should follow their line of gaze and identify how they are accessing the topic.  We should identify the goals and framework of the writing.  That is, we should know how it is being said, whether there are hidden messages or another layer of intentions behind the more obvious.  We should also get a feeling for the timbre and tone of the writing.   Does Al Jazeera present itself as the brother singing the soulful blues with peoples who feel disenfranchised from the United States? When it comes to Al Jazeera in particular, know exactly where Police Factor stands on Islamic extremism.  If you don’t know where Police Factor stands on this, it is best to start fresh or review the About section on Police Factor and other pertinent sections on River Gold.  Then come back and read this.  Islamic extremism, both the stealth and overt jihad kind, is directly connected to Al Jazeera.  To think otherwise is a mistake.    Al Jazeera is without question directly linked to Islamic terrorism and anti-American agendas.   However, the phrase know thy enemy holds here. The fact they are on board writing news articles on a certain topic should tell us something about the inner portal of this enemy.  For one thing, discussions about groups other than Muslims in the United States tells us more about the wide span of networks, cultures, races, and civil rights perspectives groups like Al Jazeera intersect with.  Al Jazeera is linked to Islamic extremists, but there is a lot more to it than that.  Because of the civil rights movements, other racial groups can be and often are included. If you are a national security agent or gang task force policing person hired to protect the interests of the United States at either the local or federal level, how can you in turn offer a nuanced multi-layered counter-terrorism approach to mirror a group like Al Jazeera?  To do so will require hearing and responding to the soulful pathos.   This will take “national security” to the next level of protecting American liberties against Islamic and other forms of tyranny.  The people need to know you hear them where they live. Because behind the soft liberal civil rights side lies tyrants who want to destroy the American system.  They then want to put up a government that dominates and controls the people.   Groups like Al Jazeera are mirages.  They don’t ultimately care about yours or my civil rights.  They are linked to brutal people who want to rule the world. There are some interesting and thought provoking articles in Al Jazeera that take us to a new space.  They give us new perspectives, both in terms of learning what the enemy knows and how they think and operate.  They also address poignantly some of the problems in our own country.  They do indeed have interesting insights and information, and to avoid them as sheer extremists is a dire mistake.  I don’t read Al Jazeera all the time and only pick a few isolated articles here and there to include here and on River Gold, but when I do, know in your heart of hearts there is something about it that has struck me personally in terms of national security for the United States and in terms of possibly getting to the core of some cultural issues.  It is also perhaps a window into some antics or operatives working against the USA in terms of what they are focusing on. The other thing I want you to think about when you see an inclusion of Al Jazeera or another questionable media outlet is how they are being smart.  Some of the articles are well nuanced and tend to step out of the ring in some way. Because a lot of our media are saying the same things in the same way across the board as if one central outlet is dictating to them,  when someone is not doing that, we have to pay attention.  Sometimes with Al Jazeera you are getting innovative and more in-depth coverage on certain topics as if The Wizard has been pulled back a bit. Even if there is a pro-Islamic agenda way behind the scenes in articles meant for the western world, something is coming at us in a less spoon-fed voice.  That pro-Islamic agenda might be much more obvious in other spheres, but harder to identify elsewhere.  Just know they are always there.  If an anti-American group in the media is The Wizard of Oz, and if daylight seems to have entered the room, they have pulled back the veil for a reason.  Some of the material can be honest and accurate, culturally evocative, and as such lets us in certain arenas we normally are not allowed to tread.  However, we have to question such transparency and rawness.  We must ask where it’s all going, and how our emotions are being steered along certain lines.  We can also ask if operatives are on board - for example, in supposedly decrying Boeing’s rubber-stamping, do we have certain people, both black and white, hammering the US from inside its key military manufacturing arenas.  We can certainly ask that, and we should be asking why Al Jazeera gives a rip about American companies possibly rubber-stamping as som so-called humanitarian revelation.  We can ask if this is stealth jihad, like trying to destroy the USA from within.   The idea here is that Al might be The Wizard. River Gold’s Union Blues section tries to bring out the idea that anti-American agendas can happen in so-called down home meat n’ potatoes, working man’s Americana, too - and possibly has a history of it in early Populism ventures in the late 1800s in which communists, socialists and Irish Catholics were bringing some Old World antics into the backwoods of middle America.  Although such early strands can be hard to pinpoint, there are signs things were afoot.  Whether or not they were, we need to realize things are not always as they seem in such  matters.  The union connection to expose’s about Boeing’s rubber-stamping might have another layer, in other words.  And Al Jazeera could be part of it. Some of the Islamic groups have some very intelligent and capable operatives and writers among them.  Whatever any possible hidden agendas or personal flaws in either writer, let us allow the best of their messages, like those of other writers deliberating these complex subjects, to enter our central sphere of awareness so that we can make more informed decisions for ourselves on a personal, national and global level. 2019/08/03 A Grandfather’s Concern Over His Grandson and Farmington NM Police - Roland Berkey, Christopher Gonzalez. The Following involves the grandson of a local man in the Farmington and Kirtland, New Mexico area who was killed during an attempted robbery by the victim and home dweller of the robbery.  The grandson was Christopher Gonzalez.  Below is a testimony by the grandfather, sent to me by email last year but I was told it was also on his website.  This man is a retired power plant official who ran for mayor last year and did not win.  Part of his interest in running for the position was to help eliminate wrongful arrests in Farmington.  In looking this over more for the first time, I see that Gonzalez seems to have been a Hispanic and white mix; he was being raised in a Mormon home but his grandfather is a devout fundamentalist Christian, and so apparently with this connection as well, Christopher was going to a separate bible study class (shortly after having attended to a fundamentalist Christian private school) apparently at the time of his arrest.  It looks like his arrest was questionable over a BB gun in his backpack, something the grandfather suggests was shown to a female student who told a teacher with a subsequent search and arrest.  The grandfather indicates the BB was being used as a toy, not a weapon, and that the actual categorization of the gun for arrest purposes is questionable; in addition, the young man’s predicament got worse by putting him around rough characters in the Albuquerque area.  Apparently Christopher showed promise in mathematics and golf, and had a gentle humanistic disposition.  We can ask if he as well as society would not have been better served in another form of disciplinary regime in response to his issue with the bb gun.  We need to hear more from the City of Farmington on why they took the stance they did with and over this young man.  Is there anything we don’t know or are not being told as to why they took the strict stance that they did?  Apparently city leaders as well as the police were communicated with by the concerned grandfather to no avail, from his viewpoint. Christopher was shifted from Farmington to the Albuquerque or Santa Fe area; we might ask if things got worse going to the big city prison system.  There is a lot more probably to this story than provided here, but this is a start.  We need to know which Farmington police officers were involved in Christopher’s arrest, whether a local news article went out on it, when Christopher was first arrested and imprisoned, who the young people were he was with during the fatal robbery attempt in which both he and a 25 year old were killed, and more.  It might be good to research the family (Gonzalez) for any history of criminal activity.  It does sound like the arrest might have been unnecessary and the imprisonment even more so, but it is premature to conclude without more background information.  This is a good background case to study since it is local and more personal.  I did find one news article listed below related to the attempted robbery, the killings and the disappearance of one of the robbers after going on bail.  I also found an obituary related to the burial of Christopher Gonzalez who died in Sept. 2015.  Please excuse any errors here in going over this; feel free to write in with corrections or additions to info at police factor dot com. Albuquerque Journal (2015/10/13)  Man accused in deadly home invasion reported missing.  The robbers wore masks and armed themselves with guns before forcing their way into the home, according to a criminal complaint.  According to police, Mack grabbed a gun and shot two of the robbers: Christopher Gonzalez, 18, and Joshua Valker, 25. Both men died. https://www.abqjournal.com/659315/man-accused-in-deadly-home-invasion-reported-missing.html Legacy dot com (2015) Christopher J Gonzalez https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/daily-times/obituary.aspx?n=christopher-j-gonzalez-critter&pid=175817077&fhid=8553 Excerpt:  Cristopher "Critter" Jordan Gonzalez, 18, of Kirtland, returned home to his heavenly Father on Monday, Sept. 7, 2015. He was born Aug. 6, 1997, in Farmington. Critter was the fifth child born to Jose Humberto and Pollyanna Palmer Gonzalez. Cristopher’s Incarceration                                                                              February 5, 2018 My Grandson, seventeen year old Cristopher Gonzalez was a straight A student at Faith Christian Academy.  At 6 foot 3 inches he was the tallest student in the school.  He was kind and gentle with the smaller students.  His kind an loving manner made him a favorite with the teachers and fellow students.  After school he attended a bible study class at another location.   Christopher had acquired a pellet pistol without his parent’s knowledge.   It looked similar to a real firearm. ( A pellet pistol is similar to an air or co2 powered rifle except that the shorter barrel does not allow the projectile to attain the velocity of a rifle).  The projectile velocity of a pellet pistol is typically less than 400 feet per second while an air powered rifle projectile attains a velocity of up to 800 feet per second).   He showed it off to a girl at the bible study class one evening.   The girl told a teacher who informed Farmington New Mexico Police.  The next day two police officers came to Faith Christian Academy and in violation of the Fourth amendment of the United States Constitution, (my  opinion), demanded a search of his back-pack.  The pellet pistol was in the back pack.  The police officers made the ludicrous claim that the pellet pistol was a deadly weapon and incarcerated Cristopher.   That incarceration effectively ended Christopher’s life.  He was denied the opportunity to attend his final year of high school and to attend  church.  He was denied the opportunity to take part in the First Tee golf program as he had for many years with his grandfather.  (The first Tee program is a widely acclaimed program that teaches nine core values, honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy, and judgment.)  He was denied the opportunity to play golf with his Father and Grandfather which was in his words “one of the funest thing I’ve ever done.”  Cristopher and I were the winners of the last golf tournament that we had the opportunity to play together.  The $100.00 first place prize is still on the books at Riverview golf course.    Despite the best efforts of his parents and teachers to get him released,  Cristopher remained  incarcerated in Farmington until near his 18th birthday.  He was then unexpectedly transferred to Albuquerque where he met people that had a negative influence on his character and lifestyle.   Our beloved grandson was shot in the back and killed as he ran from a home invasion 31 days after his 18th birthday.   He was with a 25 year old man who was also shot and killed. In researching whether or not a pellet gun is a deadly weapon, I found that the Tennessee Supreme had ruled that a pellet gun is not a deadly weapon unless the intent of the user is to inflict harm on a victim.  It appears to me to be clear that Cristopher’s only intent was to show off his new toy.             In another example, the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputies used pellets that were treated with hot peppers in order to increase the pain on 116 pound 86 year old man who was holding a knife and was begging the deputies to kill him.  This was the day after his wife’s death.   One person told me that they shot Fidencio Duran 63 times with the treated pellets.  They also had a muzzled  K-9 officer attack him,  which resulted in a broken hip.  The man died a month later and his death was ruled a homicide by the medical investigator.  It is apparent that the deputies did not consider the pellet gun a deadly weapon.               How can a police department and a Children, Youth, and Families Department have the will and the power to ruin the life of a young man who was beloved by all his teachers and fellow students, and who had not ever been accused of any criminal act?  I suspect that the elaborate detention facility would be difficult to justify if no one is incarcerated.   I believe that anyone with any concern about the young man’s future would think that he would have a better chance of a good life in his home with his loving parents.             If the citizens of Farmington elect me as their mayor, I will be dedicated to preventing young people being forced out of their homes and incarcerated into a situation that lessens their chance of having a safe and happy life.      Roland W. Berkey