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Fri March 22, 2013
NM Prosecutor Revamps Handling Of Police Shootings
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Second Judicial District Attorney Kari Brandenburg's office is revamping how her office handles cases involving Albuquerque-area police shootings.
Brandenburg says the new process will have prosecutors decide whether there is probable cause that a crime was committed. Then the case will be presented to a grand jury to decide whether to issue an indictment.
A previous process blocked by courts had a special grand jury reviewing cases but not deciding whether cases should be prosecuted.
The Albuquerque Journal ( http://bit.ly/Z756cW ) reports that process resulted in findings that all police shootings were justified.
Brandenburg says the new process will be more transparent and resolve cases faster.
Brandenburg says she plans to publicly release key documents in police shooting cases, including findings letters, investigation reports and officers' statements.