Independent Monitor Submits First Report Assessing APD’s Compliance with Court-Approved Settlement Agreement for Period Feb. 1, 2015 to May 31, 2015.
Dr. James D. Ginger, the Court-Appointed Independent Monitor of the Albuquerque Police Department, has formally submitted his first monitoring report to U.S. District Judge Robert C. Brack, the judicial officer overseeing APD’s reform process. The Independent Monitor’s Report (IM Report-1) and its Appendix, which are dated Nov. 23, 2015 and were submitted to Judge Brack during a status conference held on Dec. 3, 2015, is available at the links below.
Justice Department and City of Albuquerque Announce Court-Enforceable Settlement Agreement to Reform Albuquerque Police Department
On October 31, 2014, the Justice Department announced it has reached a comprehensive settlement agreement with the City of Albuquerque that will bring wide-ranging reforms to the Albuquerque Police Department and its use of force against civilians. The Justice Department and the City have agreed to enter into a court-enforceable settlement agreement that will overhaul the way in which APD handles use of force by its officers following a year-long investigation into the APD’s practices and letter of findings released by the Justice Department in April, 2014. Once the Albuquerque City Council considers the settlement agreement in a special session scheduled for the week of November 3, the Justice Department and the City will file the settlement agreement with the United States District Court for approval and entry as an order.
Select Independent Monitor to Oversee Police Reforms
DOJ and the City of Albuquerque announced on Jan. 20, 2015, that they have selected Dr. James R. Ginger – a nationally recognized expert on police reform – as the Independent Monitor of the Settlement Agreement entered into by DOJ and the City of Albuquerque to reform APD. Dr. Ginger and his team will be responsible for independently assessing the full implementation of the settlement agreement; reporting on the status of compliance to the court, the parties and the community; assisting the parties in resolving compliance challenges that may emerge; and providing technical guidance as needed to the APD. Dr. Ginger has successfully overseen similar court-enforceable agreements aimed at increasing community trust and implementing sustainable police reforms. He has first-hand experience in ensuring critical reform across the country and a proven record of timely implementing reform.
Do you have information relevant to APD?
Individuals who have information relevant to the Justice Department’s investigation into the use of force by APD are encouraged to contact the Department via email at email@example.com or by calling the Department’s toll free number, (855) 544-5134, which is available for both English and Spanish speakers.
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