ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The announcement was made Thursday by the U.S. Department of Justice of the findings of the federal investigation into whether the Albuquerque Police Department engages in “a pattern or practice of use of excessive force, including unreasonable deadly force, in violation of the constitution and federal law.”
The investigation began in November of 2012.
Since January, of 2010 APD officers have shot 33 people, 23 fatally. There have been four other APD shootings in which no one was hit.
In addition to the shootings there have been other widely publicized incidents involving APD officers that have raised questions about not just the department’s use of force policies, but the culture of the department.
Separate criminal investigations resulting from the DOJ probe could lead to indictments of APD officers for specific incidents.