Albuquerque police chief announces use-of-force investigation on YouTube

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) –  The Albuquerque Police Department announced two police officers are under investigation for possible use-of-force violations. Chief Gorden Eden made the announcement Monday on YouTube, in a two and a half minute video that raised more questions than it answered.

“We know that you’re accustomed to and enjoy seeing good news posted on our social media sites,” he said in the video. “We also have a responsibility to inform you of everything that goes on inside your police department.”

The information, posted on social media after 5 p.m., was limited: “Possible misconduct – excessive use of force – by two of our officers was recently brought to our attention by an APD employee,” Eden said.

The only other details Eden mentioned were that State Police is investigating and that they sent information to the DOJ, U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI.

It was 30 seconds of information in a video that lasted two and a half minutes.

The rest of the video gave indications he planned to continue this type of information release, calling his video “an example of the kind of transformed police department the community requires.”

“We are committed to continued accountability and transparency,” he said.

APD refused an on-camera interview. They wouldn’t answer anything else, including questions about the officers’ names, when it happened, any other details about the allegations and whether lapel video exists.

In a statement, State Police offered a bit more information: “The New Mexico State Police Investigation Bureau is currently investigating allegations of excessive use of force, by two Albuquerque Police Officers,” said Sgt. Chad Pierce. “This investigation stems from an incident that occurred on March 20, 2015.”

The only APD news conferences Eden has held this year involved two separate incidents where an officer was injured in the line of duty and a March news conference, held after an officer died during a training exercise.

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