DOJ to hold meetings for public input

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Department of Justice is holding the first of three community meetings on the Albuquerque Police Department Monday night.

In the wake of the DOJ’s scathing report, and last week’s police shooting, the Feds want to know what the public wants changed in the troubled department.

Earlier this month the Feds came down hard on the department for its culture of aggression and pattern of excessive force.

Monday, they said when they leave, they hope to have helped to restore the public’s trust in the department.

A little more than 50 people filed into the community center to voice their concerns. DOJ representatives put people into focus groups, to give each person a chance to speak.

In its report, the DOJ found Albuquerque Police often used unnecessary excessive force with the mentally ill. It’s an issue brought to light when officers shot and killed a homeless camper in the foothills.

Monday, the city started making more officers go additional through Crisis Intervention Training, but officials with the department say it’s just one of many changes you should expect to see from the department.

Many community members at the meeting say that’s their hope.

“More accountability and just proper training so that there doesn’t even have to be the issue of accountability they can go about other ways of de-escalating a situation instead of escalating it,” says sister of shooting victim Schanell Archuleta.

The meeting is scheduled for 5p to 7p.

There are two more meetings scheduled for this week. Tuesday’s meeting is at the Palo Duro Senior Center off San Mateo, just north of Comanche. Wednesday’s meeting is at the Cesar Chavez Community Center off Kathryn Southeast, near Louisiana and Southern. They’re all set for 5p to 7p.

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