DOJ report to be released Thursday

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Department of Justice will release its findings of its investigation of the Albuquerque Police Department on Thursday.

The conclusion of the investigation could mean the beginning of a long and expensive overhaul of the APD.

The DOJ began its investigation into APD a year and a half ago. Since then, the DOJ has been examining the culture and use of force at APD through interviews, digging through documents, and reviewing videos.

Based on other federal investigations of police departments, the Department of Justice could issue an open letter to the mayor and the police chief about identified problems.

The Department of Justice could also recommend changing policies, such as how APD hires and trains officers, and how it runs the Internal Affairs division.

“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,” said Mayor Richard Barry.

The DOJ report is expected to highlight major incidents in the last four years, like the case of Kenneth Ellis Jr., who was shot and killed by APD as he held a gun to his own head.

Changes won’t begin immediately. After the report is released, the city will make an agreement with the DOJ to make changes. The DOJ will likely put a monitor in place to oversee the changes.

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