Albuquerque kicks off meetings on Police Department as response to scrutiny of use of force

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ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — Albuquerque officials have kicked off a series of community meetings regarding the city Police Department in the wake of widespread calls for changes related to the use of force.

The Albuquerque Journal (http://goo.gl/kDNFFz ) reports that city officials on Tuesday held the first of 10 meetings. Mayor Richard Berry says the meetings will provide a way for Albuquerque to address both a tremendous challenge and a tremendous opportunity.

The city has faced scrutiny for more than 40 police shootings since 2010, and the March shooting of a homeless man sparked widespread calls for reform of the Police Department. The U.S. Justice Department then released a scathing review of the agency's use of force.

The meetings planned through mid-February will focus on specific topics such as mental health.

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