Letter to the editor: On Amelia Baca

The Baca family watches the body camera footage of their mother, Amelia Baca, being shot and killed by a Las Cruces police officer during a news conference at the Hilton Garden Inn Las Cruces on Thursday, May 12, 2022.

These letters published in the May 22, 2022 print edition of the Las Cruces Sun-News.

Train officers to deal with mental health issues

The League of Women Voters of Southern New Mexico is dismayed by the fatal shooting of Amelia Baca, a member of our community with mental health issues. We strongly support the city’s efforts to ensure that responders to emergency calls involving residents with behavioral and mental health issues are trained to address those issues.

The League supports a justice system built on public trust and positive collaborative relationships with community members. That includes training officers to identify individuals with behavioral health conditions and to acquire support from behavioral health professionals. We look forward to hearing the results of a thorough investigation of the incident.


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