APD Forward Responds to Monitor's Tenth Progress Report on APD Reform Process


November 5, 2019

CONTACT: Micah McCoy, (505) 266-5915 x1003 or [email protected] 

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - Today, the APD Forward coalition responded to the tenth progress report released last week by Dr. James D. Ginger, the independent monitor appointed by a federal court to oversee the reform of Albuquerque Police Department’s use of force policy and practices. The following quote may be attributed to APD Forward Spokesperson Paul Haidle, Senior Policy Strategist for the ACLU of New Mexico:

“Reaching 100 percent compliance with the required changes to policy and procedures is an important milestone and APD should be commended for this accomplishment. Primary compliance sets a strong policy foundation for future reforms. The Monitor’s report also raises serious concerns about some of the most crucial aspects of compliance. Particularly worrisome is what the Monitor describes as an aversion to discipline where supervisors take disciplinary matters into their own hands in order to protect officers. The Monitor is clear that this situation must be addressed by APD and could be a ‘fatal shortcoming’ if not handled quickly and clearly. APD Forward is concerned that supervisory oversight, one of the most critical pieces of compliance, continues to be a stumbling block to reform.”

A copy of the Monitor’s tenth report can be found online at APDForward.org: https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/apdforward/pages/33/attachments/original/1572991353/APD_Forward_-_Tenth_Monitor_Report.pdf?1572991353