- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico branches of the NAACP are coming to Hobbs for the civil rights group’s statewide conference.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports (https://goo.gl/AMY9AX) that the 63rd annual gathering Oct. 24 and 25 comes as civil rights leaders are calling for police reforms.

The Department of Justice and the city of Albuquerque are finalizing a plan aimed at reforming that city’s police department following 41 police shootings since 2010. A federal report faulted Albuquerque police over its use of force.

Organizers expect around 150 to attend the conference at Baymont Inn and Suites Hotel.

Officials say there are 11 NAACP New Mexico branches in the state.

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Information from: Hobbs News-Sun, https://www.hobbsnews.com

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