- Associated Press - Monday, December 12, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The Latest on the investigation of police shootings in New Mexico (all times local):

9:15 a.m.

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and a group of district attorneys plan to develop a procedure for handling the prosecution of police officers who are involved in shootings.

Balderas said Monday that it’s the responsibility of his office and the district attorneys to come up with a transparent process that promotes timeliness and accountability.

The group also expects to push legislation to ensure adequate funding for such cases, including those where independent prosecutors are needed.

Balderas announced last week that another subcommittee would review how police agencies investigate deadly force by officers after questions were raised about the handling of body camera video by Albuquerque police.

A review by The New Mexican and New Mexico In Depth also found the state has a patchwork of policies for reviewing and prosecuting such cases.

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8:15 a.m.

The leader of the New Mexico State Police is standing by his agency’s practice of investigating fatal shootings by its own officers - a practice that experts have roundly criticized.

State Police Chief Pete Kassetas tells the Santa Fe New Mexican (https://bit.ly/2hfwTsW) that he feels his agency can do such investigations with its utmost ability.

Kassetas has been tapped to serve on a committee that will examine how each police agency in the state reviews use of deadly force by officers.

Kassetas says he is open to changing state police procedures, but he argued that independent reviews aren’t necessary.

While he said other agencies have investigated shootings by state police officers in the past, he says few agencies have the expertise or resources to take on such cases.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, https://www.sfnewmexican.com


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