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Ferguson decision opens fresh wounds in Albuquerque over police shootings, DOJ agreement

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ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — A grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer in the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, is reopening fresh wounds in Albuquerque.

PHOTO: Protesters march Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Albuquerque, N.M. People protesting the Ferguson, Mo., grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the shooting in Ferguson, Mo., of Michael Brown took to the streets in cities across the U.S. for a second day. (AP Photo/Albuquerque Journal, Greg Sorber)
Protesters march Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Albuquerque, N.M. People protesting the Ferguson, Mo., grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the shooting in Ferguson, Mo., of Michael Brown took to the streets in cities across the U.S. for a second day. (AP Photo/Albuquerque Journal, Greg Sorber)

That's because none of the Albuquerque officers in the more than 40 police shooting since 2010 have faced charges. And it's still unclear if the officers in the high-profile shooting of a 38-year-old homeless camper in March will face indictments.

Albuquerque officials recently signed an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department to overhaul the police force. But advocates say the agreement's credibility could be at stake if officers continue to escape charges in police shootings and excessive force cases.

Second Judicial District Attorney Kari Brandenburg says it's difficult to bring charges against officers in shootings because of state law and federal court decisions.

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