We have posted often before about issues of police overreach and misconduct – phony lineups, ignoring evidence, fabricating evidence, coercing confessions, lying on the stand, and more. However it seems the Albuquerque, New Mexico police department has set a new standard for police overreach.
Albuquerque has an officer-involved shooting rate 4 times that of Chicago and 8 times that of New York. The Albuquerque police have killed 26 people in just the last four years, and the city has paid out $30 million in civil judgements – so far – as a result of those killings. However, in the last 30 years, not a single Albuquerque officer has even been charged, much less convicted, of using excessive force.
Watch the CNN video here, which shows the murder of a homeless man by the Albuquerque police. Warning – this will make you angry.
The US Justice Department has been investigating, and the Albuquerque police department will soon be operating under consent decree with the USDOJ.