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Use Of Excessive Force By Albuquerque Police ‘Pretty Disturbing,’ Report Finds – 11 April 2014

RT logoPolice in Albuquerque, New Mexico have fallen into a pattern of using force more often than necessary which, consequently, caused a number of unjustified fatal shootings by officers in recent years, according to a new federal oversight report.

The US Department of Justice conducted a 16 month review into the police department in the southwestern state and, in the final document published Thursday, recommended a “systematic change.”

Acting Assistant Attorney General Jocelyn Samuels addressed Albuquerque Mayor Richard Barry in a 46-page letter, which discussed the circumstances around 20 fatal shootings by the APD between 2009 and 2013. Federal officials determined that in the majority of those cases where police killed citizens, the amount of force was unnecessary because the individual killed did present an immediate threat to anyone around them.

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