City of Las Cruces denies records request in fatal officer-involved shooting

From the Albuquerque Journal:

LAS CRUCES — City officials have refused to release any audio or video recordings made by police when officers shot and killed 37-year-old Robert Montes on the night of Dec. 17.


Sarah Welsh, executive director of the [New Mexico] Foundation for Open Government, said police videos from in-car cameras are considered part of an incident report that is public record under state law. Welsh added that because the shooting occurred on a city street, any video recorded “a public interaction on a public street. There’s no expectation of privacy there.”

New Mexico Foundation for Open Government is a member of NFOIC. — eds.