Experts: Number of police deaths down, number of recorded encounters up

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – “We are in crisis.” That’s the message behind protests across the nation including Albuquerque about police brutality. Experts KRQE News 13 spoke with say the increase in videos showing alleged excessive force by cops may be the driving force behind it all.

However, University of New Mexico sociology professor Mara Velez says most experts believe the number of people killed by officers is at its lowest it’s ever been. But the increase in video showing high-profile deaths by officers is helping to trigger recent protests.

There will be more videos. More departments like the Albuquerque Police Department are now requiring the use of lapel or dash cams and more witnesses are reaching for cell phones.

The ACLU’s mobile justice app allows you to record officers and send the video straight to an ACLU chapter when you stop recording.

A local ACLU spokesperson says it will make sure potential evidence is not deleted by officers which has happened in Albuquerque.

But what if the witness only records a portion of what really happened?

The ACLU says there is a written portion that the witness can fill out to fill in the gaps that the video might miss and they add that the video can also be used to protect the officer. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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