Friday, April 11, 2014

NEW MEXICO - Police Accused of Unjustified Force

"Justice Department accuses Albuquerque police of ‘unjustified force’" PBS NewsHour 4/10/2014


JUDY WOODRUFF (NewsHour):  The U.S. Justice Department today released a scathing report finding what it calls a pattern of unjustified force in the Albuquerque, New Mexico, Police Department.

Jeffrey Brown has that story.

JEFFREY BROWN (NewsHour):  The report cites incidents dating back to 2010, 37 people shot by police, 23 of them fatally.  The most recent occurred just last month and was caught on videotape: the fatal shooting of James Boyd, a 38-year-old homeless man with a history of mental illness.

That led to a violent street protest against alleged police brutality.

Gene Grant is host of “New Mexico in Focus” on New Mexico Public Television.  He has been covering this story and joins us tonight from Albuquerque.

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