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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the Department’s toll free number, (855) 544-5134, which is available for both English and Spanish speakers.
The following links are available:
DOJ – Summary of Settlement Agreement with the City of Albuquerque Regarding Albuquerque Police Department.
DOJ – Resumen Del Acuerdo De Resolucion con la Ciudad De Albuquerque Referente al Departamento de Policia de Albuquerque.
JULY 24, 2014, Joint Statement of Principles by the United States Department of Justice and the City of Albuquerque Regarding the Albuquerque Police Department
JULY 24, 2014, Justice Department Issues Joint Statement Of Principles With City Of Albuquerque, New Mexico, To Reform Albuquerque Police Department
24 de julio de 2014, EL DEPARTAMENTO DE JUSTICIA DÁ A CONOCER DECLARACION CONJUNTA DE PRINCIPIOS CON LA CIUDAD DE ALBUQUERQUE, NUEVO MÉXICO PARA REFORMAR EL DEPARTAMENTO DE POLICIA DE ALBUQUERQUE
April 15, 2014, STATEMENT FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE CONDEMING
THREATS OF VIOLENCE AGAINST POLICE OFFICER
April 10, 2014, Summary of Department of Justice's Findings - Albuquerque Police Department Investigation
April 10, 2014 Remarks as Prepared for Delivery By Acting U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez, District of New Mexico, on the Albuquerque Police Department Investigation
April 10, 2014 Justice Department Releases Investigative Findings On The Albuquerque Police Department
April 7, 2014, Justice Department to Announce Results of Civil Investigation
into Albuquerque Police Department’s Use of Force