Posted July 18, 2017 2:28 pm by Comments

By Andrew Shepperson

The acting U.S. attorney for the District New Mexico, James D. Tierney, has agreed to meet with black leaders in Albuquerque after an investigation into a controversial 2016 ATF sting operation.
New Mexico In Depth reported Tierney agreed in a July 11 letter to meet with leaders from the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and from a grassroots group called the Sankofa Men’s Leadership Exchange.
The groups’ leaders had requested a meeting with Tierney after a New Mexico In Depth report found that a 2016 ATF sting operation had led to the arrest of 28 African Americans out of a total of 103 people arrested.
In a city where only 3.3 percent of the population is black, Dr. Harold Bailey, president of the Albuquerque NAACP chapter, said in a July 5 letter that the operation’s “arrest ratio seems alarming.”
The Sankofa Men’s Leadership Exchange echoed Dr. Bailey’s sentiments in a July 6 letter, asking Tierney for a meeting and to contact the group’s leader, Patrick Barrett.
NMID’s investigation into the sting found that the ATF targeted a poor, largely minority area in southeast Albuquerque. Many of those arrested were charged with drug crimes and some with gun-related offenses.
Another key finding in NMID’s investigation was


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