DA to tackle Albuquerque police shooting cases

Posted at: 02/02/2013 11:51 AM
By: The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - District Attorney Kari Brandenburg says she hopes to clear a backlog of a dozen Albuquerque officer-involved shooting cases by July.

Brandenburg told the Albuquerque Journal on Friday that there remains "limitations" on determining whether police shootings are justified under state law without the aid of "investigative grand juries."

But Brandenburg says prosecutors will do the best they can since they've been ordered not to use grand jury panels.

State District Court judges this week indefinitely shut down the controversial, decades-old practice of Bernalillo County prosecutors using grand jury panels to affirm decisions that no probable cause existed to charge police officers in shootings.

Most district attorneys in New Mexico and around the country make decisions on police shooting cases internally.

Federal officials are investigating Albuquerque police over its use of force.

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