WASHINGTON (KRQE) – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today issued the following joint statement on the U.S. Department of Justice report, which found that the Albuquerque Police Department has engaged in a pattern and practice of excessive and fatal force:
“The Justice Department’s report makes sobering findings about the use of excessive force and the lack of accountability and oversight at the Albuquerque Police Department. The report is a welcome step forward in a longer process.
“We hope that the city of Albuquerque and the Department of Justice will continue to cooperate in good faith with the involvement of the community, and that they will work swiftly to develop a comprehensive court-enforceable plan to improve safety, protect citizens’ constitutional rights, and rebuild trust between law enforcement and the public.”