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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Third Police Shooting Of 2015 Puts Albuquerque On Edge

Demonstrators gather in front of Albuquerque police headquarters Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 to protest a police shooting that happened Tuesday that left a suspect dead. Albuquerque police shot and killed a suspect Tuesday they say was dressed in body armor and pulled a gun on them after a foot chase, an incident that follows a string of shootings that have prompted public protests, federal scrutiny and even charges from a local prosecutor. (Russell Contreras/AP)

Demonstrators gather in front of Albuquerque police headquarters Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 to protest a police shooting that happened Tuesday that left a suspect dead. (Russell Contreras/AP)

About two dozen people gathered in the cold yesterday outside the police headquarters in Albuquerque, N.M., to protest another fatal police-involved shooting.

Albuquerque police say an officer shot and killed John Edward O’Keefe late Tuesday night after he fired at officers during a foot chase. Albuquerque was already on edge, even before the shooting. Tuesday’s death was the 28th at the hands of police since 2010.

Last year, the U.S. Department of Justice found Albuquerque police regularly used excessive force, and the city agreed to reforms. And, just this week, a prosecutor brought murder charges against two Albuquerque officers who killed a mentally ill homeless man in last March.

Phil Stinson, a former police officer who studies police behavior at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, discusses these cases with Here & Now’s Robin Young.

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  • Philip Stinson, assistant professor in the criminal justice department at Bowling Green State University. He tweets @philstinson.

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