Feds condemn anti-police fliers in Albuquerque

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Associated Press

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 15 at 3:35 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Less than a week after the U.S. Justice Department blasted Albuquerque police for a pattern of excessive force, the federal agency is condemning threats of violence against officers in anti-police fliers that have surfaced in the city.

The Justice Department urged Albuquerque residents on Tuesday to "participate in the critical dialogue" after releasing Thursday the findings of its investigation into a string of police shootings since 2010, the majority of which were found to violate constitutional rights.

Federal officials also criticized the Police Department's policies on use of force against those with mental illnesses.

Fliers that read "save a life, kill a cop" were found in newspaper distribution boxes near the University of New Mexico on Friday. The leaflets also were found on light poles and electronic boxes.

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