You know the society you live in is fucked when cops become hunters and citizens their prey. Current events from Albuquerque, New Mexico prove that trigger-happiness of cops has gone way beyond acceptable boundaries. I wouldn’t be surprised if people of Albuquerque started to move out en masse for not feeling safe due to police.
It’s only been a few days since we’ve seen the video of Albuquerque law enforcement shooting a man in cold blood after he’d turned his back on them and started to walk away. As if itching for more, when the opportunity presented itself for Albuquerque federal marshals to draw their firearms again, they went right for it.
On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, U.S. Marshals fired at a wanted man and shot him in the head. 32 year old Gilberto Angelo Serrano was pursued for allegedly violating a no-bond parole. He also faces a number of additional charges, including aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, child abuse, and being felon in possession of a firearm.
Obviously, Gilberto Angelo Serrano was not exactly an upstanding citizen, but for the cops to act as judge, jury and executioner at their sole discretion is even worse.
ABQJournal.com interviewed eyewitnesses of the shooting and reported what they learned as follows:
Witnesses said they saw a row of unmarked SUVs pull into the parking lot of a strip mall after 9am and drive up to a green pickup truck. They said they saw a woman armed with a gun in civilian clothing fire one shot through windshield from outside the truck, followed by at least two other gunshots from men who stepped out of the SUVs.
All of the witnesses, including Mathew Garcia, a man who was stopped at a Sunset Drive stoplight, said the shooters did not identify themselves as law enforcement, nor could they see badges or identifying vests.
Gabriel and Barbara Valdez were waiting at a nearby methadone clinic when they saw the shooting. They said the man shot was struck at least once in the head, that he wasn’t armed, that none of the shooters identified themselves, and that an ambulance arrived about 10 minutes later.
Gabriel Valdez filmed the scene after the shooting, but said the Marshals confiscated his and his mother’s cell phone cameras as “evidence,” (we’ve heard that one before). At least it’s somewhat of an improvement over their previous shooting – no high fives, hoo-yahs or yahoo’s this time! Unless that all happened before the video was filmed.
Serrano was wounded, but not fatally and survived the shooting. Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office said they are leading a multi-agency investigation into the shooting. Yeah right. It’s a way to calm people down. The investigation will go on for as long as it needs to, ie until the whole case has fallen out of memory. Officers will then be quietly cleared of all wrongdoing. Just as happened with cops who shot the camper dead…
On March 31, 2014, Reason.com reported in their article titled “People Protest Police Brutality in New Mexico, Cops Tear Gas Them” by Zenon Evans that:
Hundreds of people took to the streets of Albuquerque, New Mexico, yesterday to protest police brutality. The police responded by blocking the activists’ paths and firing tear gas canisters at them.
First video depicts the victim bleeding on the ground after being shot:
Second video contains an interview with the marshal who provides his account of the shooting: