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Activists protest planned police shooting contest in Albuquerque amid pending DOJ agreement

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ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — Activists say they want a planned police shooting contest in Albuquerque canceled, especially after the city has been under scrutiny for police excess force.

Advocates held a rally Wednesday in downtown Albuquerque to call for the event's cancellation.

The city and its police department are hosting the National Rifle Association competition Sept. 13-17 for law enforcement members who can "select to fire in just one match or fire in all of the championship match events."

Officials say the NRA event typically attracts 500 officers from across the U.S. and some international competitors.

In recent months, the city has been rocked by angry protests and a U.S. Justice Department investigation over more than 40 police shootings since 2010.

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