APD Forward Releases Analysis of Fourth Independent Federal Monitor Report
Major shortfalls continue for the Albuquerque Police Department
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 15, 2016
CONTACT: Micah McCoy, (505) 266-5915 x1003 or [email protected]
ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Today, the APD Forward coalition released its analysis of the Fourth Report filed by Independent Federal Monitor Dr. James Ginger earlier this month. The report reveals that the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) continues to fall critically short of meeting requirements set out in the settlement agreement between APD and the U.S. Department of Justice.
“After two years and four reporting periods, APD is far behind where it needs to be,” said APD Forward spokesperson Peter Simonson, executive director for the ACLU of New Mexico. “While there has been some progress, we’re still not seeing a clear commitment to the reform process, and I think we see that reflected in these results. APD needs to demonstrate to the people of Albuquerque that they are approaching this reform process with the seriousness and rigor it deserves.”
APD Forward’s analysis of the Fourth Report highlights some of the major areas in which APD is failing to meet expectations, including:
- Poor responsiveness to monitor’s reports
- Lack of accountability within the department
- Obstructing the reform process with document dumps
- Insufficient community engagement
“It’s not good enough for APD to check a few boxes and call it reform,” said APD Forward spokesperson Adriann Barboa, field director for Strong Families New Mexico. “Systemic, enduring, and meaningful change is what our community requires of its police department. Unfortunately, we are a long way from achieving that crucial goal.”
APD Forward’s full analysis of the monitor’s Fourth Report is available here.