Council expected to vote on police oversight overhaul

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque city councilors are set to vote on a proposal to overhaul the Police Oversight Commission, the civilian group that polices the police.

This comes just days after three of the commission’s members quit, echoing the Department of Justice report and saying the POC lacks any real authority.

Big crowds are expected Monday as city councilors could vote on that proposal.

The Department of Justice ripped the POC apart in its review.

The report said the POC has no power and not much contact with citizens who have complaints. It also said the independent review officer, who investigates public complaints against officers, is too closely aligned with the city. The mayor appoints the review officer and two city councilors want to change that.

Councilors are expected to vote on their proposal that would give the POC more money, give the committee the power to appoint the IRO, and power to access internal affairs files.

Andrew Lipman, POC task force chair, would also like Chief Gorden Eden to respond to those recommendations, “whether or not they’re going to be implemented, and if not, why not?”

The City Council meeting starts at 5 p.m. Monday.

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