Albuquerque authorities seek to dampen public outrage over police violence

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By D. Lencho

27 October 2014

The city of Albuquerque, New Mexico held the first in a series of community meetings on October 21 aimed at defusing continuing public anger over shootings by Albuquerque Police Department (APD) officers. The meetings, ten in all, are scheduled to stretch out until the middle of February 2015.

Billed as the “Albuquerque Collaborative on Police-Community Relations,” they are the latest in a number of damage control measures pursued both locally and on the national level.

The introductory meeting, held at the Albuquerque Convention Center and attended by between 80 and 120 people, gave a foretaste of future meetings. More than 20 of those in attendance were uniformed police officers. Mayor Richard Berry talked of “challenges” and “opportunities” and “collaborative effort.”

Police chief Gorden Eden, notorious for stonewalling and defending the most egregious police misconduct, said, “It’s so important for us to make sure that…

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3 thoughts on “Albuquerque authorities seek to dampen public outrage over police violence

  1. Sounds like the exact same problem we dealt with in Seattle. In 2011 the Dept of Justice investigated a longstanding pattern of excessive use of for by Seattle police. In 2012 they presented their findings to the city of Seattle – which signed a consent decree as an alternative to being sued for unconstitutional civil rights violations by the DOJ: http://www.thecrimereport.org/news/articles/2014-07-police-reforms-best-tool-a-federal-consent-decree.

    20 cops sued DOJ over the consent decree but it’s been thrown out of court. They’ve been told if they don’t want to follow the DOJ guidelines they can quit: http://seattletimes.com/html/editorials/2024835916_consentdecreeeditorialxml.html

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      1. It’s being followed very grudgingly – but they’re being monitored very closely by the DOJ, which retains the prerogative to sue the city. The cops who don’t like it have been advised to quit. Apparently similar consent decrees are in operation in 20 cities.

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