ACLU seeking training material from New Mexico police

Due to the recent high profile case of excessive force and civil rights abuse the ACLU is asking police training documents.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A civil rights group is seeking the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy curriculum under scrutiny for giving officers more leeway to use deadly force.

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico announced Tuesday that attorneys have filed an open records request to examine the state's lesson plans used to train officers.

The move comes after the academy director Jack Jones told the Santa Fe New Mexican he'd rather burn the training materials than publicly release them.

State police also have drawn controversy after a series of high-profile shootings and the Albuquerque Police Department is under a U.S. Justice Department civil rights investigation over cases of excessive force.

Newly appointed New Mexico Secretary of Public Safety Greg Fouratt said last week he planned on reviewing all state training policies.

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