ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Albuquerque Police Department has been involved in far more officer-involved shootings compared to other cities similar in size to the Duke City. The four-year rate of APD’s fatal shootings also is higher than the rate of deadly shootings in police departments in Chicago and New York City.
Since 2010, Albuquerque police officers have shot 33 men, killing 23.
During that same time period, El Paso, Texas, police officers had 12 police shootings, five of which were fatal, according to numbers provided by the police department.
In Colorado Springs, the police department had nine officer-involved shootings. Five were deadly.
Albuquerque Police shot and killed people at twice the rate of Chicago Police per capita in the last four years. In a city of 2.7 million people, Chicago police officers were involved in 194 shootings, 57 of which were fatal, since 2010 — or 2 fatal shootings per 100,000 people, according to data collected by the City of Chicago’s Independent Police Review Authority.
Since 2010, APD’s rate of deadly shootings is 4 per 100,000 people, which is eight times the rate of deadly police shootings in New York City. NYPD officers were involved in 114 officer-involved shootings from 2010 to 2012. Thirty-three were deadly, according to the NYC’s Annual Firearms Discharge reports.
Former APD Chief Ray Schultz has said that looking at data in other cities isn’t a fair comparison. He said APD officers are put in more dangerous situations where they have to use deadly force than officers in other cities. At the time, Schultz couldn’t pinpoint why this was the case, but said there is one common factor in most of the officer-involved shootings in Albuquerque.
“One thing we see is the number of encounters we have with folks that are in crisis and suffering from mental illness,” Schultz said.