Salt in the wounds!
Created: 07/09/2014 10:39 PM
By: Ryan Luby, KOB Eyewitness News 4
New Mexico's largest police department, mired in controversy over the use of excessive force, is about to supply military-style weapons to officers using taxpayer money.
The investigative team at KOB Eyewitness News 4 learned that Albuquerque Police awarded a bid to a local vendor for the purchase of AR-15 rifles -- the type of gun used to kill James Boyd in the foothills in March.
According to the request for bid, which ended two weeks ago, the department would likely purchase 350 guns in the first year of a two-year contract. Thereafter, it would order quantities of 50 as necessary.
"You're asking for trouble, in my opinion," Peter Simonson, Executive Director of the ACLU of New Mexico said.