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Speedy Trial – Speedy Verdict for New Mexico Sheriff Charged With Civil Rights Violations

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Sheriff Tommy Rodella

Tommy Rodella and his son, Tommy Rodella, Jr., were indicted on federal charges of conspiracy to violate civil rights, deprivation of rights, brandishing a firearm, and falsifying police documents. Tommy Rodella is Sheriff for Rio Arriba County in New Mexico.

FBI agents arrested the Rodella’s for their role in a March 11th confrontation that left the driver injured.

In August 2014, they pled not guilty.

The four count indictment alleges that Rodella was driving his personal vehicle when he engaged in a high-speed pursuit and unreasonable seizure of the driver who is identified in documents as “M.T.” Rodella was accused of dragging the driver from his car, and throwing him down in the dirt. Rodella’s son told the driver that his father is the sheriff. M.T. asked to see his badge. Documents state that Rodella then pulled the driver’s head from the dirt by his hair, then slammed his badge into M.T.’s right cheek and eye. Read the rest of this entry

Justice for Jonathan Mitchell

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Jonathan Mitchell

In Albuquerque, NM, on a dark night in a quiet neighborhood, 23 year-old Iraq War Veteran Jonathan Mitchell was shot and killed in March 2013.  He was killed by Donnie Pearson.  Pearson has not been arrested due to a claim of self-defense.

The story given to police is Pearson’s and his neighbor’s story.  Ventana Ranch resident Jose Beltran told police that when he came home from work, he saw a man with a gun in his driveway. Instead of parking, he drove away and called his family to warn them. One of Beltran’s family members then called Pearson and told him that Jose said he saw an armed man in the driveway.

Pearson told police that he then got his 15 year-old son, and they both got into Pearson’s SUV, and set out to look for the suspicious man with a gun. Read the rest of this entry

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