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The U.S. Justice Department is launching a formal investigation into the Albuquerque Police Department, which has recently been under fire from civil rights advocates.

The Police Department in New Mexico’s largest city has experienced a number of fatal shootings since 2010, and has been criticized over a number of cases alleging abuse by officers, The Associated Press reported.

Thomas Perez, the Assistant Attorney general for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, announced in August 2011 that officials were “gathering information” on the department, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

“Our goal is to search for the truth,” Perez told the Journal in an interview this week. “We’re looking to see if there are systemic problems embedded in the culture of the department.”

Source: NBC News

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