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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque officials say “no way” to having their city depicted in upcoming episodes of the TV show “Cops” to be filmed in the county that includes New Mexico’s most populous city.

The Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/1eQZVlS ) reports that a letter from city lawyers to Bernalillo County Sheriff Dan Houston asks him to make sure the city’s name isn’t used and that its police officers and neighborhoods aren’t shown.

A separate letter to Langley Productions Inc. says Albuquerque police and the city’s film office won’t cooperate with the production.

Saying it portrayed Albuquerque in a bad light, then-Mayor Martin Chavez banned “COPS” from working with Albuquerque police in 2001.

Current Mayor Richard Berry has continued that ban, but Houston announced Thursday that the show would start filming with his department in April.

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