ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal monitor’s latest report says the Albuquerque Police Department is making some progress on use of force in the past six years but is still falling short in other ways.
The report said that years into the department’s reform efforts there are still too many instances of officers using unnecessary force and that the department apparently lacks “an appetite for taking serious approaches to control excessive or unwarranted uses of force.” The report goes on to say that command and control practices regarding the use of force
continue to be weak. The department routinely fails to follow its own written policy on discipline for violations and should be better staffed, the report also said.
“Unfortunately, we find the need to continually make the same recommendations, often times over and over, as APD seems either unwilling or unable to effectively assess, identify, and remediate officers who over-use force.”
Police Chief Harold Medina said the department does take use of force seriously but faces a backlog of old cases that makes it difficult to review some matters promptly.
Medina also said the department is rewriting its discipline policy to ensure that different types of violations are handled appropriately
Shaun Willoughby of the Albuquerque Police Officers’ Association said the monitor “constantly moves the goalposts” and repeatedly uses “inflammatory language to describe very minute, minuscule things.”
Read the report here: