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ABQ councilors oppose return of COPS

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sheriff Dan Houston has already heard from county commissioners, business groups and the mayor — all unhappy with his decision to allow the COPS television show to film his deputies.

On Monday, he got an earful from the Albuquerque City Council, too.

Councilors voted 7-2 in favor of a resolution stating their opposition to COPS.

Trudy Jones and Brad Winter, both Republicans, were the lone “no” votes. Jones said she didn’t like the show but that it wasn’t the council’s role to try to tell an elected county official what to do.

Houston, for his part, said he believes the show will positively showcase the good work of his deputies. But he left the door open for changing his mind.

“I’ve always been open to reconsidering,” Houston told councilors.

Councilor Don Harris, meanwhile, raised questions about the contract Houston signed with the COPS’ production company. He said it’s vague, and if there’s litigation, it might happen in a California court, not in New Mexico.


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“I don’t think it’s worth very much,” he said.

County Commission Chairwoman Debbie O’Malley said she, too, has legal questions about the contract.

I’ll have more in tomorrow’s paper, of course.