The Albuquerque Police Department (APD) is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) over alleged civil rights abuses.
The investigation comes after a series of fatal, officer-related shootings, and several reports of abuse cases in New Mexico’s biggest city.
“After careful consideration of the information gathered during our review we have concluded that a full civil rights investigation is warranted” to determine if the police department violated the Constitution, said Thomas Perez, assistant attorney general of the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, according to a DOJ transcript.
There have been 17 fatal, officer-related shooting cases since 2010 as well as cases involving excessive force, with some cases captured on video, reported The Associated Press.
“We are focused on whether there is a pattern or practice of excessive force by the APD, including but not limited to the use of deadly force,” Perez said.
At a news conference, Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry and Police Chief Ray Schultz said that they would fully cooperate with the investigation, reported The Albuquerque Journal.
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