'Even by this troubled city's recent standards, the past 10 days have been especially dark' -- Wall Street Journal
Albuquerque got some national publicity Friday, but probably not the kind it wants or needs.
The Wall Street Journal, America’s largest daily circulation newspaper, ran a Page 3 story about Albuquerque’s escalating violent crime and its inability to stop it. The article’s first paragraph summed up the paper’s take on the city’s recent problems:
“Even by this troubled city’s recent standards, the past 10 days have been especially dark.” The article detailed the Oct. 20 shooting of four-year-old Lilly Garcia and the fatal shooting of Albuquerque Police Officer Daniel Webster. It highlighted the city’s escalating crime rate and the cop shortage at APD.
“Last year, there were 30 murders here. As of Thursday (Oct 29), there had been 39 in 2015,” the article said. It added that prosecutors, cops and Mayor Richard Berry are blaming each other and the Legislature for the crime problem.
The article had a familiar line for those who have been following APD’s and Berry’s dealings with the news media: “[APD] Chief [Gorden] Eden didn’t respond to requests for comment on staffing or other department criticisms.”
ABQ Free Press columnist Dan Klein was quoted in the online version of the story. The Journal has a daily circulation of 2.4 million and 900,000 digital subscribers.
— Dennis Domrzalski