It is so confusing why police are using deadly force when they have tasers at their sides.
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For many citizens of Albuquerque, New Mexico, the shooting by police officers of James Boyd, 38, a mentally ill homeless man, was the last straw.

Unfortunately, Boyd was not the last to be killed by officers who, the U.S. Justice Department charges, “too often use deadly force in an unconstitutional manner in their use of firearms.”

The community is up in arms, with activists announcing their intent to make a citizen’s arrest on the police chief and city officials blocking protests at council meetings.

Under fire over 39 police shootings involving 24 fatalities in the city since 2010, the Albuquerque Police Department was accused by Justice of a pattern of excessive force. The report concluded the majority of officer-involved shootings resulting in fatalities from 2009 to 2012 were “unconstitutional.”

Additionally, officers were accused of frequently using less-than-lethal-force in an unconstitutional manner. Cited was the example of a Taser used on a man who had doused himself in gasoline. The discharged spark from the electronic weapon ignited the fuel, setting the man on fire. Other instances of police escalating situations in which force could have been avoided were charged.

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