Grand jury probe urged in Albuquerque shootings

Aug 23, 2012

Two families of men shot by Albuquerque police officers want a grand jury to look into police shootings.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the families and their lawyers have started a citizens' petition drive to empanel a grand jury and want a special prosecutor appointed.

Attorney Joe Kennedy, who is representing the family of Iraq war veteran Kenneth Ellis in a wrongful death lawsuit against Albuquerque police, said the families plan to ask a judge to disqualify Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg from the cases.

Brandenburg questioned whether there was any legal authority to remove her and said she is considering moving to a revised version of the way her office had presented shooting cases.

Since January 2010, Albuquerque police have shot 25 men, 17 of them fatally.