ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque’s Mayor said he wants to get the ball rolling on big changes within Albuquerque Police Department amid a federal investigation and outrage over recent police shootings.
But the Police Union has a problem with some of the things the mayor is calling for.
The Albuquerque Police Officer’s Association President said the bottom line is the mayor is out of touch with what officers face every day on the job.
Mayor R.J. Berry is urging the Department of Justice to quickly release its findings and send in a monitor so APD can start making what the chief calls sweeping changes.
But the announcement has the union up in arms.
Albuquerque Police Officer Association President Stephanie Lopez says they support the lengthy DOJ investigation into APD’s culture and use of force, but claims the mayor was premature in calling for a plan to monitor the department and slammed the mayor’s office and the chief saying they’re out of touch with what police officers do,
Lopez claims APD has been micromanaged by the mayor’s office based on a political reaction to public perception highlighted by public outcry after the controversial shooting of James Boyd in the foothills which is the latest use of force incident included in the federal investigation.
The union also says officers are not getting a say in how to fix the department and Lopez hopes that will change.