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Press Release

Justice Department Schedules Community Meetings to Obtain Input Regarding Reforms for Albuquerque Police Department

ALBUQUERQUE – The Department of Justice issued findings that the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) engages in a pattern or practice of excessive force, including deadly force, on April 10, 2014. The City of Albuquerque has agreed to enter into negotiations to reach agreement on a blueprint for reform.

Because it is important that any agreement reached reflects the concerns and ideas of all communities that make up the City, over the coming weeks, DOJ representatives will be meeting with community stakeholders, police officers, and police and city officials to gather insights and recommendations on how APD should be reformed. DOJ has scheduled the following meetings to provide members of the community at large with the opportunity to have input into this process:

Monday, April 28, 5 to 7pm, Alamosa Community Center, 6900 Gonzales SW

Tuesday, April 29, 5 to 7pm, Palo Duro Senior Center, 5221 Palo Duro NE

Wednesday, April 30, 5 to 7pm, Cesar Chavez Community Center, 7505 Kathryn SE

Community members, however, do not need to wait until April 28 to share their concerns or insights about APD and to submit recommendations for implementing reform in APD. DOJ continues to monitor the APD community hotline, which is available for both English and Spanish speakers, 1-855-544-5134, and the APD community email address at community.albuquerque@usdoj.gov. Individuals who wish to meet with DOJ representatives during the week of April 28 also can schedule meetings through the hotline and community email address.

DOJ’s full report on its investigation of APD and other related information can be found at justice.gov/usao/nm/APD.html and justice.gov/crt/about/spl/findsettle.php. For more information about DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, please visit justice.gov/crt/.