US inquiry may order Albuquerque police oversight

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice is set to release its report on the troubled Albuquerque Police Department and could mandate federal oversight and reforms costing millions of dollars.

The announcement expected Thursday will follow a more than yearlong investigation into possible civil rights violations and excessive use of force. The police agency has been decried for 37 shootings by officers since 2010, more than 20 of them deadly.

Federal officials have released few details of the investigation but conducted hundreds of interviews. Albuquerque's mayor has asked the federal agency to expedite its review and aid in reforms.

It is one of 15 investigations of police departments launched during President Barack Obama's first term.

In 2012, federal officials found Portland, Ore., police engaged in a pattern of excessive force against people with mental illnesses.

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