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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Mayor's veto of APD investigation by DOJ on City Council meeting agenda

Tonight at 5:00pm Albuquerque's City Council will meet and discuss a myriad of city issues. The most hotly debated issue is Mayor Richard Berry's veto message on article R-11-247 which addresses the City Council's request for an investigation by the Department of Justice into the Albuquerque Police Department officers use of deadly force and alleged pattern of civil rights violations. In previous interviews with local media outlets, the Mayor has stated that an independent investigation of APD has already been conducted and that another investigation isn't necessary. However, civil rights groups and city council members disagree. The meeting calls for an open dialog with the general public. A large turnout is expected.

Another item of interest is the 2011 Citizen's Perception Survey conducted by Research and Polling , Inc. for the City of Albuquerque in March of 2011. According to the survey, a random sampling of 408 adult residents were interviewed by telephone. 54-55% of residents answered that the overall quality of life in Albuquerque was good. 11-12% of residents answered that the quality life was excellent, 24-29% answered fair, 5-9% answered poor, 1% answered very poor, and 1% weren't sure or didn't know. Go to the City of Albuquerque website to download the meeting agenda and attachments at: www.cabq.gov

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