Thu, 3 May 2018
In 2009, the Albuquerque Police Department made up a label, "The Memphis Mob" to describe a group of African-American men they'd arrested. It produced headlines and a claim by then-Mayor Martin Chavez that this was "one of the biggest gang busts in Albuquerque history." Then the label disappeared for 7 years, until, INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER JEFF PROCTOR OF NM IN DEPTH says it was used by an APD detective to aim a Federal ATF operation planned for the city. The result? 27% of the arrests made by the ATF were of African-Americans in a city whose population is just 3% African-American.