Jaywalking arrest highlights cops frustrations with ‘frequent flyers’


An interaction between Albuquerque Police and a jaywalker shows just how frustrating the job can be, and how quickly a situation can escalate.

It’s not the first time officers have dealt with this man, who fondly refers to himself as “Mr. I Don’t Give a F***,” as seen in police lapel video. It would seem that’s a pretty appropriate title James Morrison has given himself, considering his lengthy criminal history.

Back on Dec. 1 at roughly 11 p.m., APD says it was called to the intersection of Coors and St. Joseph’s for a man wandering in lanes of traffic. When police arrived on the scene, they found Morrison and continually offered him help. However, the officers noted that Morrison appeared to be squaring up.

As an officer again offered Morrison some help, he started to walk away into traffic. Officers chased after him and ended up tackling him to the ground. He was arrested and charged with battery on a peace officer and evading arrest, among other charges.

Just 14 days later, on Christmas Eve, he was arrested yet again. That time, APD says he was squatting at an abandoned house and kicked and spit at the arresting officer.

He keeps being let out of jail, despite all of his arrests for fleeing from police and trying to fight officers on the streets. On Jan. 11, he also allegedly punched an MDC corrections officer in the groin while in custody.

A few years ago, he even assaulted a healthcare worker.

After these most recent arrests, a judge still released him from jail on pre-trial services. He’s in jail as of Wednesday night, though, as he has yet to be picked up.

The DA’s Office sent this statement to KRQE News 13 regarding Morrison:

Our office considers Morrison a danger to the community.

He has a significant criminal history going back nearly 20 years and is increasingly violent, especially when encountering police officers. 

We requested to have him preventatively detained twice recently and both of those requests were denied.

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