The 5 Facts You Need to Know
1. The murder trial of two former Albuquerque police officers, Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez, is entering day three. Tuesday, prosecution witness Jeff Noble testified as a national expert in police use of force. He testified police created the danger. The defense challenged Noble’s claim that killing Boyd was more than a mistake but rather an “unreasonable use of deadly force.” The defense says Sandy and Perez had to fire to protect a fellow officer.
2. Charlotte officials are calling for calm after violent protests shut down a small section of Interstate 85. The chaos erupted after Keith Lamont Scott, a black man, was shot and killed by police at an apartment complex Tuesday afternoon. Officers say they were looking for another man on an outstanding warrant when they came across the 43-year-old who they say was armed and made imminent threats. The protest continued into the early morning hours, with cops firing tear gas into the crowd and protesters attacking cop cars.
3. Wednesday, mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the mid to upper 80’s. Wednesday night, mostly cloudy with scattered showers after midnight. Lows in the upper 50’s to lower 60’s.
4. A new study by one of the state’s license producers is suggesting that legalizing pot may help boost New Mexico’s economy. The study by Ultra Health says it would create a half-billion dollar industry with more than 11,000 jobs. The governor is against legalizing the drug. Lawmakers recently voted down a proposal to let voters decide whether to legalize and tax recreational marijuana.
5. Albuquerque is near the top of a new list of the best cities in America for bike riders. “Bicycling Magazine” ranked the Duke City as 35 in its list of the Top 50 Cities for Biking. The magazine points to Albuquerque’s miles of bike lanes and the city’s high percentage of everyday riders.
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