In the Alibi that’s on stands right now, I took a look at the numerous police studies cropping up this year. In addition to a variety of investigations, the Albuquerque Police Department is undergoing a voluntary accreditation process that happens every three years. Reviewers from a group called Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies arrived in town on Saturday.
Today they’ll be hearing from the public. If you’d like to make a comment, go to City Council Chambers in the basement of City Hall at 5 p.m. If you can’t make it, you can also call 768-2465 tomorrow between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
On Thursday, Mayor Berry vetoed the City Council’s request for a U.S. Department of Justice investigation into APD. He said he wasn’t sure whether the Council’s vote on the matter violated the Open Meetings Act. But the feds are deciding whether to look into the department anyway.
APD officers have shot 19 men and killed 13 of them since January 2010. There has been a rash of offensive social media comments and allegations of misconduct. The Justice Department takes complaints from private citizens, municipalities and advocacy groups, among others. The feds look for a patterns of misconduct. Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Perez met with city officials and community members but did not offer comment on whether the Justice department will take on the task.