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    Nothing can make it up to him, but they should pay and hopefully go broke. To the extent his cancer could have been treated earlier, the county should also pay for any medical efforts to remove and eliminate the cancer. The cops responsible for this should be imprisoned, and lose their pensions...
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    I don't think he deserved any compensation. He was driving drunk. He put people's lives at risk. Hope he dies of that cancer.
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    @Jet_Silverman So you believe cops should just pick people up and throw them prison. No trial. Do you also support cops who shoot unarmed people on the theory the guy deserved the death penalty and trials are too costly?
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    It's New Mexico, folks. Settlements and Court Awards have been going on FOREVER. There's no incentive for police, jailers, etc. to behave when it's the taxpayers who pick up the tab and the thugs don't get fired. In fact, they're often PROMOTED after violating people's civil rights. Take former Police Chief Joseph M. Polisar, who is now Chief at Garden Grove P.D. in California. In the 1980s, he framed a Black man for the murder of an Albuquerque Police Officer by committing perjury, subornation of perjury, destruction of exculpatory evidence, and manufacture of evidence (according to Memorandum Opinion and Order issued by the late, great defender of Civil Liberties, REPUBLICAN Judge E. L. Meechem,(RIP), 13 January 1986, in the case Van Bering Robinson v. Maruffi, Polisar et al, US District Court Case CIV 84-1216M) Later on, as head of the Albuquerque PD Intelligence Unit, members of the ACLU, NAACP, New Mexico Lawyers' Guild, and community activists were harassed through a campaign of rumors, false police reports, phoney "investigations" etc.(Riggs et al v. City of Albuquerque, US District Court Case CIV 88-1141SG). A total of 59.4% of the work of the Albuquerque PD Intelligence Unit was dedicated to harassing NON-CRIMINALS whom the Department considered enemies. The defendant in both of these cases (and others) was chosen Chief of Police by former Mayor-for-Life Martin J. Chavez in July 1994! Even when they are fired after raping a 13 or 14 year old girl, our gutless District Attorneys manipulate "special" grand juries to let the buzzards off without criminal charges. If you want to rape young girls, murder your wife, your unarmed and much older family member, drive drunk and run over (several times) an unconscious woman in a gay bar's parking lot, deal drugs, run prostitution rings, run auto insurance fraud rings, then come to New Mexico and get a job in law enforcement, especially in the Albuquerque Police Department. There's a reason why the US Department of Justice is investigating them right now.
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    I believe it. Whenever there's some bizarre bit of news from the Southwestern US, it's usually from New Mexico.
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    Who ever was responsible for such an inhuman act must not only be fired and Jailed for a long time, but prison Guards must also answer for not checking up on him for such a long time
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    No nothing could compensate AND a lot of people should, not only be fired, but should also be criminally prosecuted. Stop with letting law enforcement get away with ANYTHING. They're supposed to set a higher example. But they'll throw 15mil at it and never admit wrongdoing or hold anyone accountable. This lack of accountability is why some law enforcement and government get out of control. The lack if consequences for crimes tells them that they are above the law. It also tells them that they are better or superior than other citizens. Fast N Furious ring a bell? I mean, damn..isn't wrong wrong? Prosecute a few if these people and make an example out of them. I don't know of many politicians who would be eager to go to prison...let them know that they can go and I bet things might be run a little better.
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    Meanwhile in related news all you have to do in Washington D.C. is serve 4 years and you get a lifetime pension, free medical and an expense account. Without a bit of fungus.
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    $15.5 million is inadequate for the loss of two years of freedom. $438 million would be a fair reward. Yes I did do the math
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    OK, do the math please. Not that I don't agree with a decent award, but over 1/2 million a day? Wondering where this new math starts?
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    @stepped_in_it A quarter million $s an hour would be highway robbery if it were offered as compensation for the loss of one hour of my freedom. That's the # I used.
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    Jesus! And to think Its happening here!
    We might as well be considered a 3 rd world country. Maybe We need some foreign aid!
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    The money is fine, but something like this doesn't happen with out criminal negligence. Those who did this need to spend the next few years in jail.
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    He wasn't even tried or convicted. The man had to pull his own tooth (which indicates that he was in extreme, prolonged pain and most likely had an infection that very well could've killed him). He was left in solitary for two years. His toenails were grown around his feet. He's suffered mental trauma that he will never recover from. Oh, did I mention that he was never tried nor convicted. This was blatant cruel and unusual punishment, to the point of compensating him 15mil$, but you think it was correct?? Scary. How many people have been killed by someone who was speeding? Betcha you don't always stay under the speed limit.
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    @ zachsquatch I guess your thoughts aren't too valid if a jury his peers awarded him 15.5 mil. Read the whole story on Drudge - NM, no different than other states, have zero capability to deal with the mentally ill. It's either jail or the streets homeless
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    @Politix

    You guys must like the DrudgeReport or something... Every time I read an article over there, it mysteriously ends up here.... Good for you guys!!!
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    Sometimes inmates need to be locked away and the key thrown away. Lets not forget these people are in prison for a reason. Also sometimes inmates are kept in solitary for their protection. I personaly believe if you commit a crime against a child you don't deserve protection. These kind of inmates deserve all the horrors of prison life.let them play inmate games like hide the broom stick, you got a pretty mouth,or my favorite climb the electric fence.
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    I just wonder if giving $15.5M to a mentally disturbed man is a sensible thing to do. Punish the offenders yes but I can't imagine him hanging onto that money for long before some fraudster cons it out of him. I can think of better ways to spend this taxpayers money, like improving the treatment facilities for mentally disturbed patients.
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    I don't understand how the taxpayers can be liable for over 15 million, and no one at the jail gets fired for gross incompetence and mismanagement.
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    If he was simply thrown in solitary (i.e. no reason, no misbehaving, etc.) then these correctional officers as well as management should all be canned for it. This is far beyond cruel and unusual for a DUI offense.
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