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Council’s Veto Override Attempt Fails

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Mayor Richard Berry’s veto of legislation requesting a Department of Justice investigation into police shootings survived a challenge from city councilors tonight.

Albuquerque city councilors couldn’t muster the six votes needed for an override. No one changed their vote, and the legislation had support from only five councilors.

The override attempt came after about 2 1/2 hours of debate and testimony from residents, including tearful comments from some family members of those shot by police. The vote, however, is largely symbolic, as the federal government will make its own decision on whether to launch an investigation into whether there’s a “pattern and practice” of civil-rights violations here.

Supporting the override were four Democrats — Debbie O’Malley, Ken Sanchez, Rey Garduno and Isaac Benton — plus one Republican, Dan Lewis. Opposed were four Republicans: Brad Winter, Dan Lewis Don Harris, Michael Cook and Trudy Jones.

I have some of the blow-by-blow on my Twitter account.

Note: In an earlier version of this post, I had Lewis as both for and against the override. In fact, he voted for the override, and it was actually Don Harris who was the fourth vote against it.



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