ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Officers from around the country are about to put their shooting skills to the test in Albuquerque.
A series of police shooting contests starts today and continues for the next three months in the city.
Last month, family members of several people who have been shot and killed by Albuquerque Police Department officers protested the city for hosting the contest, calling it insensitive because officers have shot 37 people since 2010. Groups are planning another demonstration this weekend and a march against the contest Sunday near Jack and Jill Park.
“We don’t need or want this contest in our community. We need accountable, community-driven policing that keeps us all safe,” Mike Gomez, whose son Alan was fatally shot by an Albuquerque officer, said in an online petition calling on the mayor to cancel the contests.