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The police state

The Albuquerque Police Department is the most violent in the country

Despite a population of less than 600,000, Albuquerque, New Mexico, nonetheless has a rate of police-involved shootings that is twice that of Chicago and eight times that of New York City. In the last four years alone, Albuquerque police have killed 27 people and shot another 40 who survived with injuries.

"There's no accountability here. There's no justice. There's no respect. There's no humanity here. There's nothing," said Mike Gomez, whose mentally ill son was killed by Albuquerque cops while armed with nothing more than a spoon. "It's so disgusting that they get away with it."

An investigation by the Department of Justice this year concluded that the Albuquerque police have "shot and killed civilians who did not pose an imminent threat of serious bodily harm or death to the officers or others" in a pattern of "unconstitutional use of deadly force."