Ledes from the Land of Enchantment

DOJ oversight of APD: Mayor Keller announces new strategy

“I thought we’d just say yes!” said Keller. “We’ll make it because – somehow before – there was a lot of resistance. Well, none of these strategies work. Resistance didn’t work.

The city of Albuquerque and its police have been trying to reform the use of force since 2014. Keller says there is now a new game plan.

“We have to do the right thing for the Albuquerque Police and the City of Albuquerque,” said Keller. “That is different depending on what you think we should do based on Maryland. Or what they think we should do based on LA. That was a big part of the problem. “

That’s what Shawn Willoughby, the president of the Albuquerque Police Officers’ Association, has been saying for years.

“I can wholeheartedly understand that when Mayor Keller took office four years ago, following opposition from the DOJ and the City of Albuquerque, he wanted to be a bridge builder. And they definitely followed that strategy.”

Willoughby said current policy of use of force has been broken – more officials are leaving the department and it is time for the city to crack down on the DOJ. The city’s chief administration officer, Sarita Nair, says it is them.

“He is only supposed to grade us on our guidelines and whether we implement them or not. “We have to push that further back.”

Now there are salary increases for APD officials and millions of dollars could flow out of the roundhouse after the upcoming meeting.

“This has to come to action,” said Willoughby. “This policy of use of force must be changed immediately. The city of Albuquerque is the plaintiff and it has the right to run this city and this law enforcement agency.”

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