Cop contest draws fire

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POSTED: Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 6:00pm

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Critics say Albuquerque, plagued by recent police shootings, is a poor choice to host the NRA's Police Shooting Championship. Kai Porter reports.

(KOB) Critics of recent police shootings in Albuquerque, New Mexico have asked the city's mayor to cancel the upcoming NRA Police Shooting Championship set for next month.

The city has been hosting the National Rifle Association's Police Shooting Championships for nearly a decade, but some say it's time for the city to stop.

"These are police killing competitions to see who is the best killer," said Kenneth Ellis.

An APD officer shot and killed his son in 2010. A judge ruled the shooting was unjustified.

"I think there should be a police crisis, intervention and de-escalation competition," he said.

Ellis believes the competition sends the wrong message after the U.S. Department of Justice released a scathing report that found APD officers used excessive force and the department had a culture of aggression.

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