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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Criminal Justice Quote: Trigger-Happy Albuquerque Cops

     The Albuquerque Police Department has come under fire for killing a possibly unarmed suspect on his front porch just 10 days after officers shot an unarmed homeless man to death for what was essentially a trespassing charge. In the most recent case, the shooting death of Alfred Redwine, police insisted the man was armed and fired first….Police Chief Gordon Eden said he does not know whether the shooting was justified.

     Family members who witnessed the shooting claim that Redwine was unarmed, however. He was holding a cell phone, not a weapon, they said. Cell phone footage suggests that Redwine did not fire a weapon….Police were responding to a domestic disturbance call in which a woman claimed that Redwine was pointing a gun at her children….

     Redwine was the second ABQ police victim in 10 days. Officers also killed a homeless man who had camped in an unauthorized area. Police evidently only meant to shoot him with non-lethal rounds, but at least one real round hit him, and he died from his injuries….

     The ABQ police department is currently under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Robby Soave, "Did Albuquerque Police Jump the Gun Again?" The Daily Caller, March 27, 2014 

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