Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Police Deny Checkpoints Target Hispanic Drivers.

Byline: Miguel Navrot Journal Staff Writer

Santa Fe Police Chief John Denko, responding to allegations that his department preys on south-side Santa Fe residents with drunken-driving checkpoints, denied such allegations Tuesday and admonished recent news coverage of the issue.

"Are we targeting Hispanics? I'll tell you the truth," Denko said at the city Public Safety Committee meeting. "Heck no."

Stirred by recent reports that eight of the department's past nine DWI roadblocks were in southwest Santa Fe, Denko charged the department had been unfairly treated by the local press.

"A very, very false impression came out in the press," Denko charged. …

Log in to your account to read this article – and millions more.