Mistrial exposes prosecutors' challenges in trying police

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The hung jury in the murder trial of two former Albuquerque police officers underscores the difficulty prosecutors often face in landing convictions against law enforcement in deadly shootings, as they contend with concerns over the handling of evidence and co-operation of department witnesses.

The final hurdle for prosecutors often comes at trial as they try to win over jurors who experts say typically are reluctant to second-guess the split-second decisions of police. In the Albuquerque case, Detective Keith Sandy and Officer Dominique Perez — both no longer with the Police Department — testified that they fatally shot a homeless camper armed with two knives to protect the life of another officer who came within 10 feet of the suspect.

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