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5:10 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Albuquerque Mayor Unveils Police Reforms

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry is asking the U.S. Justice Department to step in and help the city reform its troubled police department.

Berry said he wrote a letter Wednesday asking the department to expedite its investigation of police shootings and begin negotiations with the city on a monitoring plan.

While defending other reforms made in recent years, the mayor called the fatal March police shooting of a homeless man "a game changer." He says the city needs to make changes soon. A publicly released video of that shooting sparked a 12-hour protest by hundreds of angry residents Sunday.

Berry also detailed a number of proposed reforms that he and new Police Chief Gorden Eden want to implement, including hiring a fourth deputy chief to oversee DOJ reforms and improvements in officer training and crisis intervention.

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