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.
Court Invites Community Input
To provide the community with an opportunity to express it's views on the Settlement Agreement, the Court has issued an order inviting any governmental, non-profit, or private entity represented by counsel to file an amicus curiae (or "friend of the court") brief with the Court of up to 15 pages by January 14, 2015. The Court will hold a hearing on January 21, 2015, where those who filed briefs are invited to argue their positions so that the Court and the parties will have the best possible perspective on the Settlement Agreement.
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