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Reducing Police Shootings: A Look at Albuquerque Police Department Shootings

Are the police warranted in self-defense or are the police using excessive force and how does this ratio of shootings in Albuquerque compare to other cities in similar size and population? The fallout shows the sides of two groups of people who believe they are in the right. The activists against police involved shootings believe that the officers of Albuquerque react to situations with deadly force too often and necessitate changes. The supporters of the police force believe that the shootings are higher in Albuquerque because suspects in the area give police more reason to use deadly force, however, APD agreed to ratify its amended policies to satisfy the public. Albuquerque has the highest ratio of population to police involved shootings in six cities of similar size and population for the past year and a half.

In this heated debate between the law and the people of Albuquerque, both sides show a considerable amount of evidence in support of their own viewpoint. So which side is right? In my opinion neither side is right per say. I take aspects of both sides that make sense in my head that can be interpreted as supporting as well as discrediting both sides of this argument. In no way am I taking a neutral stand, just a complicated one.

The families of the “victims” and the deceased compile a compelling story which incurs the “out of hand” behavior and the “excessive force” tendencies of the Albuquerque police department, as described by Heinz (C2). Many of these claims in my opinion are rash and are out of pure emotional anger because of the immediate loss of a loved one; however, one case that caught my attention can bring the matter into dispute. In May of 2011, a 22 year old man was shot because he was believe...

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...ll ratio of officer involved shootings. Until the ongoing investigation conducted by the Department of Justice is completed I don’t really see a likelihood of anything being drastically changed.

Works Cited

“Deadly Force Protest.” Albuquerque Journal (NM) 18 Sept. 2011 : B5. Print.

Galvan, Astrid. “Changes In Store For APD - Think Tank Issues Report On Officer-Involved Shootings.” Albuquerque Journal (NM) 25 June 2011 : A1. Print.

Heinz, Hailey. “Civil Rights Complaint Filed Against Two Officers.” Albuquerque Journal (NM) 21 June 2011 : C2. Print.

Mckay, Dan, and Jeff Proctor. “APD Shootings: No Easy Answers - Data Show Assaults on Officers, Incidents Don’t Always Track.” Albuquerque Journal (NM) 19 Apr. 2011 : A1. Print.

Tomlin, Alex. “How do APD shootings compare to others? | albuquerque, nm | krqe news 13 new mexico.” krqe.com. News. Web. 26 Sept. 2011.

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