Despite fed deal, ABQ protests may resume

one foot in front of the other.

FOX New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – City officials have signed a U.S. Justice Department agreement to overhaul Albuquerque police. Families of those fatally shot by officers say they are pleased with the blueprint. And advocates are praising police for peacefully ending recent standoffs.

Still, Albuquerque may see another round of angry protests.

Federal and state officials have not said if officers involved in the March high-profile shooting death of homeless camper James Boyd will face charges. The FBI said it was investigating the shooting, and an internal investigation of the shooting has been turned over the Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg’s Office.

Some advocates say not indicting officers will generate demonstrations similar to those that paralyzed Albuquerque earlier this year. “It could set off some unrest, no question,” said Ralph Arellanes, president of the LULAC Albuquerque chapter and a critic of the police department. “Everyone is keeping an eye out on that…

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