Albuquerque protest puts police chief 'on trial'

Created: 06/21/2014 4:12 PM
By: APNewsNow, Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Critics of Albuquerque police said they would put the embattled police chief "on trial" during Saturday's planned rally.    

Demonstrators say the march in Roosevelt Park was aimed at pushing for reforms within Albuquerque police following a harsh U.S. Justice Department report over the agency's use of force.

Albuquerque police also are under scrutiny over 40 police shootings - 26 of them fatal - since 2010.         

David Correia, one of the protest organizers, says the mock trial will outline how Police Chief Gorden Eden has failed to stop his officers from using excessive force.       

In a statement, Eden says police have talked to protest organizers and officers provided traffic escorts for the marchers.

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