Judge Halts Investigative Grand Juries For Police Shootings

Jan 29, 2013

A judge has ordered the District Attorney of Bernalillo County not to reinstate a controversial process of presenting police officer involved shooting cases to an investigative grand jury.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Bernalillo County District Court Judge Ted Baca sent a letter to DA Kari Brandenberg saying she had failed to cite the legal authority that supports the use of the special grand juries in officer involved shooting cases.  

Brandenburg originally halted the process in 2012 in the face of criticism, but last month indicated she would start them up again.  A dozen police officer involved shooting cases remain pending.