By D. Lencho
27 October 2014
The city of Albuquerque, New Mexico held the first in a series of community meetings on October 21 aimed at defusing continuing public anger over shootings by Albuquerque Police Department (APD) officers. The meetings, ten in all, are scheduled to stretch out until the middle of February 2015.
Billed as the “Albuquerque Collaborative on Police-Community Relations,” they are the latest in a number of damage control measures pursued both locally and on the national level.
The introductory meeting, held at the Albuquerque Convention Center and attended by between 80 and 120 people, gave a foretaste of future meetings. More than 20 of those in attendance were uniformed police officers. Mayor Richard Berry talked of “challenges” and “opportunities” and “collaborative effort.”
Police chief Gorden Eden, notorious for stonewalling and defending the most egregious police misconduct, said, “It’s so important for us to make sure that…
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