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Supporters Hold Rally For Albuquerque Police

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File photo of a police officer. (Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

File photo of a police officer. (Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Supporters are rallying to the defense of Albuquerque police, who have been criticized for a recent series of fatal shootings.

Dozens gathered Sunday around noon on the steps of police headquarters for a rally sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Police.

The hour-long rally only saw two counter-protesters.

Albuquerque police are under a federal investigation over excessive force and possible civil rights violations. The department also has drawn criticism for 37 police shootings since 2010.

The most recent incident was the March 16 shooting of a homeless man in the foothills.

A publicly released video in which 38-year-old James Boyd appears to be surrendering before officers opened fire ignited a 12-hour protest by hundreds of people last week.

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