APD Forward Releases Analysis of Third Independent Federal Monitor Report


ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Today, the APD Forward campaign released its analysis of the third status report issued by Independent Federal Monitor Dr. James Ginger earlier this month. APD Forward’s two-page analysis of the Monitor’s 352-page report highlights the Albuquerque Police Department’s continuing struggle to make substantial progress toward compliance with the settlement agreement.

The biggest cause for concern is that the Monitor has noted numerous problems with APD’s use of force investigations, including the failure of APD supervisors and command staff to recognize use of force issues, to reliably collect use of force data, to do any type of meaningful investigation of use of force incidents, and to recognize and address patterns of use of force that could implicate the need for meaningful policy review.

APD Forward also wishes to highlight the fact that it is extremely unlikely that APD will complete the reform process in the timeframe outlined in the settlement agreement. While APD has not yet missed a deadline, serious concerns exist as to whether APD will be able to complete the reform process within its self-imposed timeline of four years. Several of the early deadlines for certain requirements were already extended, though the overall timeline has not yet changed.

A full copy of APD Forward’s two-page analysis is available here: http://bit.ly/29OF4sL

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  • Patrick Pickens
    commented 2016-07-23 11:54:02 -0600
    It is of little surprise to me, and this is very troubling to have to admit, that Chief Gordon and his administrative staff have yet to meet their due responsibilities. I was very dubious about the man’s character early on this process, when he effectively engaged in furthering the propaganda that to date has allowed APD to operate at a substandard level of operation, in defiance of the public trust, to the direct detriment of Albuquerque’s most at risk citizens, and so on. Given the widespread illustrations of unlawful abuse of police power in various cities around USA today, I would ask that Albuquerque- my hometown- as a specific community make an example of itself as a city willing and able to reform its own police force across the board. The citizens of Albuquerque deserve as much. This is as much about our children as anything or anyone else. Lead by example. Please.