Police Abuse

DOJ To Investigate Albuquerque PD's Use of Force

It's a nice place to visit, but you wouldn't want to get busted there


The Justice Department on Tuesday opened an investigation into whether Albuquerque police officers routinely use excessive or deadly force.

Since 2010, officers have been involved in 25 shootings, 17 of them fatal, and video captured police assaulting suspects after they were subdued.

The Justice Department said the investigation -- civil, not criminal -- will examine whether the Albuquerque Police Department "engages in a pattern or practice of use of excessive force in violation of the Constitution and federal law." The probe will also review the department's policies, training, accountability systems, community engagement and external oversight of officers' use of force.