Regional
7:44 pm
Mon February 1, 2010

Silva Requests AG Review Of Police Shooting

Las Cruces – Las Cruces City Councillor Miguel G. Silva, Dist. 1, is requesting a New Mexico Attorney General's (NMAG) opinion pertaining to the recent fatal shooting of a Las Cruces man by officers with the Las Cruces Police Department.

In his letter of request, Silva states in part, "As is standard procedure incidents such as this one are investigated by a Joint Shooting Task Force. The purpose of this letter is to request that the New Mexico Attorney General's office assist with reviewing the final report."

The Joint Shooting Task Force consists of investigators from the New Mexico State Police, the Las Cruces Police Department (LCPD), the Dona Ana County Sheriff's Office and the New Mexico State University Police Department. According to LCPD, upon completion of the investigation, the findings are forwarded to the Third Judicial District Attorney's Office for review.

In addition to seeking an NMAG review of those findings, Silva is requesting an opinion of the use-of-force model recognized and incorporated in New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy curriculum; and to determine if more than one method exists to assess a situation.

On January 17th, 25-year-old Anthony Medrano of the 3000 block of Petunia Lane, was fatally shot be two Las Cruces Police officers who were investigating an alleged domestic violence incident involving the victim and his girlfriend.

Silva's request letter also references last year's review of LCPD by Maryland-based Justice & Security Strategies, Inc.