An extraordinary five-hour Albuquerque City Council meeting on Monday night makes clear how upset the people of New Mexico’s biggest city are after years of police violence.
Since 2010, 23 people have been shot and killed by Albuquerque Police Department officers. Only when James Boyd, a homeless camper, was shot last month as he appeared ready to surrender — a killing captured on video — did citizens demand answers. In short order, Albuquerque has seen protests, including one where officers dispersed tear gas into the crowd, and this week, witnessed a city council meeting with testimony from more than 100 people. Hundreds more showed up at the meeting, for a more-than-capacity crowd. On Thursday, the federal Justice Department will announce its findings after a months-long investigation into whether the department has a pattern of using excessive force. That investigation began before the shooting of Boyd.
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