City councilors question Albuquerque police chief about special report

Chief Gorden Eden

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – City councilors grilled the Albuquerque Police Department Police Chief Gorden Eden about a recent report released by the monitor overseeing changes for the DOJ.

“Chief as I read this report, the monitor clearly just expresses his lack of confidence that APD and its leadership have the ability to make the changes necessary,” said President Dan Lewis with Albuquerque City Council.

Lewis asked the chief why the citizens of Albuquerque should have confidence in APD leadership.

The special report came down hard on APD for its lack of accountability for use of force by its officers.

The chief says they are 100-percent dedicated to reform and says he and Dr. James Ginger, the monitor, work with each other about how they can apply the changes needed to comply with the DOJ requirements.

Even with explanation, councilors continued to question the chief.

Councilor Pena brought up the fact that this wasn’t part of the required reports and was written up as a special report.

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