DOJ to release findings on APD Thursday

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Everyone’s been waiting for it, now we know when it’s coming.

The Department of Justice will unveil their findings into the problems at Albuquerque Police Department Thursday morning, findings that will lead to an overhaul of the police department.

The DOJ announced their investigation into APD in November 2012 and KRQE News 13 has not heard much of anything since then.

They’ve spent time conducting interviews, digging through documents and reviewing videos as they investigate APD’s culture and whether APD has a pattern of violating civil rights.

If other police departments investigated by the feds are any clue, they’ll be issuing an open letter addressed to the Mayor and Police Chief listing problems they’ve found within the Department.

“We don’t know exactly what it’s going to say but it will be good to get that information because that’s a big piece of what we need to move forward,” Mayor R.J. Berry said.

The Police Union president said some officers have a fear of how much the feds will influence the department going forward.

“Maybe some sort of implementations and obviously reform and change – we expect that to happen – but not being overtaken,” said APOA President Stephanie Lopez. “Of course, that’s a fear on everybody’s mind.”

Thursday’s findings mark the end of a long investigation, but just the beginning of getting the fixes in place.

Their findings letter will include recommended changes.

After that, the city and feds will work out a formal agreement to get those changes in place.

That will likely include having a federal monitor in town to make sure the new policies are enforced.

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