City, DOJ meet with monitor of Albuquerque police changes

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – A city councilwoman will host a meeting with the independent monitor of court-mandated changes within the Albuquerque Police Department on Thursday evening.

The meeting comes after the U.S. Justice Department announced early this year that Dr. James Ginger would oversee a settlement agreement with Albuquerque police to address officer training and use-of-force procedures.

A DOJ investigation last year found a troubling pattern of excessive force and unconstitutional policing within the Albuquerque police force, saying officers often escalated situations in which violence could have been avoided.

The DOJ also found a significant amount of force was used against people with mental illness.

Ginger is considered an expert on police reform.

Police Chief Gorden Eden, Mayor Richard Berry and U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez are also expected to attend Thursday’s meeting.

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