Community awaits DOJ findings, will respond

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – After a year and a half long investigation, the Department of Justice will release its findings on the Albuquerque Police Department Thursday.

Much of Albuquerque will be watching closely, including a group of community activists who will be waiting on civic plaza.

“People want to know the Department of Justice has to say,” Sayrah Namaste said.

“Something is wrong and we need figure out what that is and stop it,” Danny Hernandez said.

Police shootings, misconduct and abuse, all three prompted a Department of Justice investigation into Albuquerque’s Police Department in November of 2012.

“People really want accountability with the Albuquerque Police Department,” Namaste said.

Thursday, the city and its people could be one step closer to a solution when the DOJ releases its findings.

“The community really wants to see change and action so it’ll be more than just their announcement tomorrow,” Namaste said.

Since 2010, APD has shot 33 people, 23 have been killed.

The fatal foothills shooting last month of a homeless camper, James Boyd, sparked protests.

Sayrah Namaste and Danny Hernandez will be watching closely.

“We have high hopes that the DOJ will really listen to what the community needs to feel safe again with APD,” Namaste said.

“We just want to hear what the DOJ has to say and see if we can respond to that,” Hernandez said.

They will be watching at Civic Plaza. Then at the Police Oversight Commission meeting at City Hall where they will voice what they want done, including the release of all APD officer-involved shooting lapel cam video.

They also want new mandates requiring the use of those cameras.

“The community has very reasonable concerns and very reasonable things they want done,” Namaste said.

APD and the city tell News 13 they will be keeping an eye on things Thursday, making sure that DOJ announcement doesn’t set anybody off.

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