- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Albuquerque officials have kicked off a series of community meetings regarding the city Police Department in the wake of widespread calls for changes related to the use of force.

City officials on Tuesday held the first of 10 meetings. Mayor Richard Berry says the meetings will provide a way for Albuquerque to address both a tremendous challenge and a tremendous opportunity.

The city has faced scrutiny for more than 40 police shootings since 2010, and the March shooting of a homeless man sparked widespread calls for reform of the Police Department. The U.S. Justice Department then released a scathing review of the agency’s use of force.

The planned meetings will run through mid-February and focus on specific topics such as mental health and shootings involving officers.

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