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Democrats: New Mexico Attorney General Should Investigate Youngblood's Comments During Arrest

May 22, 2018

Commentary: Albuquerque, NM - Today, the Democratic Party of New Mexico is calling on Attorney General Hector Balderas to investigate Representative Monica Youngblood for using her position as an elected member of the legislature to attempt to influence a police investigation after officer lapel video of her arrest for Aggravated DWI was released to the public today. In the video posted on local media outlets, Rep. Youngblood continually tells the officers she is a legislator and that she runs bills to protect police, works hard for police, and stands up for them when people say they "treat people of color like (expletive)". Youngblood asks multiple times for special treatment as well on the lapel video.  

“Legislators should never use their position to attempt to influence police officers and today I am calling on Attorney General Balderas to investigate Representative Youngblood for her actions and statements towards the police who arrested her for Aggravated DWI," said DPNM Chairwoman Marg Elliston. “Representative Youngblood was elected to use her position to help her constituents, not put them in harms way and then attempt to get out of an arrest by citing her legislative actions.”

DPNM has forwarded a copy of this request to the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General.