DOJ: Serious problems found in Albuquerque police
by Russell Contreras, Associated Press
April 10, 2014 12:35 PM | 867 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden shows the image of a man who brought a rifle to an hours' long protest over police shootings during a news conference in Albuquerque, N.M. on Monday, March 31, 2014. Eden said the protest escalated and police were forced to use tear gas to keep what he described as a mob from hurting themselves, others and damaging property. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)
Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden shows the image of a man who brought a rifle to an hours' long protest over police shootings during a news conference in Albuquerque, N.M. on Monday, March 31, 2014. Eden said the protest escalated and police were forced to use tear gas to keep what he described as a mob from hurting themselves, others and damaging property. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)
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Albuquerque resident Davin Poulin,center, signed up to speak before the city council Monday evening, April 7, 2014, in Albuquerque, NM. (AP Photo/Albuquerque Journal, Roberto Rosales)
Albuquerque resident Davin Poulin,center, signed up to speak before the city council Monday evening, April 7, 2014, in Albuquerque, NM. (AP Photo/Albuquerque Journal, Roberto Rosales)
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department says institutional reform is needed to curb the "patterns of excessive force" that were turned up by a civil investigation of the Albuquerque Police Department.

The federal agency said Thursday that Albuquerque officers need more training and tools to ensure they can protect the community without escalating potentially violent situations.

The agency found that officers too frequently used deadly force on people "who posed a minimal threat" and used a higher level of force too often on those with mental illness.

Acting U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez says the findings will help the city determine "the next generation" of policing.

The announcement followed an investigation into allegations of civil rights violations and excessive force that spanned more than a year. The department has faced criticism over 37 shootings by officers since 2010.



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