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V.23 No.31 | 7/31/2014

Press Release

Justice Department Issues Joint Statement of Principles With City of Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Reform Albuquerque Police Department

ALBUQUERQUE – The Justice Department (DOJ) today announced it has signed a joint statement of principles with the City of Albuquerque, New Mexico, which reflects the good-faith intent of both sides to enter into a court-enforceable agreement to reform the Albuquerque Police Department (APD).  The joint statement of principles publicly specifies the measures that DOJ and the City are undertaking in order to resolve the findings resulting from DOJ’s investigation into use of force by APD.  On April 10, 2014, following an extensive investigation, DOJ found reasonable cause to believe that APD engages in a pattern or practice of use of excessive force, including unreasonable deadly force. 

Following the release of the findings letter DOJ and the City each separately reached out to numerous stakeholders across Albuquerque to hear their ideas and concerns about the reform of APD.  Attorneys and staff of the department have spoken to police officers, city officials, mental health service providers, advocacy organizations, individuals who have been personally affected by APD’s past conduct and other community members.  DOJ has held dozens of meetings and met with hundreds of people across the city.  Through these efforts, both sides have gained important insights into officers’ and the community’s concerns that will shape the final agreement.  DOJ is encouraged by the feedback it has received and is committed to sustainable reforms that will ensure APD delivers services in a manner that respects the rights of residents, promotes mutual confidence between the police and the community and improves public and officer safety.

“This agreement marks an important step forward in addressing the unreasonable use of deadly force uncovered in our investigation into the Albuquerque Police Department,” said Attorney General Eric Holder.  “The residents of Albuquerque depend on their police department to serve their community with honor and integrity.  In the overwhelming majority of cases, our dedicated law enforcement officials—who put their lives on the line every day—do just that.  But when misconduct does occur, we will never hesitate to act in order to secure the civil rights of everyone in this country.  As a result of our ongoing action, I am confident that the Albuquerque Police Department will be able to correct troubling practices, restore public trust, and better protect its citizens against all threats and dangers—while providing the model of professionalism and fairness all Americans deserve.”

“We commend the city for engaging in good-faith negotiations to reach a court-enforceable agreement that will ensure sustainable reforms of APD,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Jocelyn Samuels for the Civil Rights Division.  “The joint statement of principles provides the community with our commitment to work expeditiously with the city to craft a durable agreement that will resolve our findings and will ensure that APD provides effective and constitutional policing to the people of Albuquerque.”

“Since the release of DOJ’s findings letter, we have asked for and received valuable ideas and insights from officers, members of the community, representatives of many organizations, and others who have a stake in the future of our community,” said U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez for the District of New Mexico.  “We are thankful to everyone who has spoken to us.  The anticipated final court-enforceable agreement, which we hope to enter into with the city of Albuquerque, is already stronger because of the input we have received.”

DOJ and the City have released the joint statement of principles to inform APD officers and the Albuquerque community that their concerns and ideas have been heard and that their ongoing participation will be critical to achieving sustainable reform.  Specifically, the joint statement of principles announces that DOJ and the City expect to develop reforms in the eight areas outlined in the department’s findings letter: use of force policies, interactions with individuals with mental illness and other disabilities, tactical units, training, internal investigations and civilian complaints, management and supervision, recruitment and selection of officers, and community engagement and oversight.  The joint statement of principles also indicates that the goal is to reach a court-enforceable agreement that will be overseen by an independent monitor.  A copy of the complete joint statement of principles is attached.

During the negotiation process, DOJ remains interested in obtaining recommendations and information related to reforms from the public.  DOJ continues to monitor the APD community hotline, which is available for both English and Spanish speakers, (855) 544-5134 and the APD community email address.

DOJ’s full report on its investigation of APD and other related information can be found at the U.S. Attorney’s Office website and at DOJ’s website.

V.23 No.25 | 6/19/2014
Benjamin J. George

Opinion

On Raised Voices and Structural Inequality

APD protest won’t end until justice is served

Protester Benjamin J. George explains why police brutality and structural inequality are inextricably intertwined.

La Jicarita

Albuquerque Spring

A season of police violence and civil disobedience

Wherein academic and activist David Correia considers an “Albuquerque Spring” and the state of APD reform as prelude to Saturday’s March to End Police Brutality.
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V.23 No.23 |

news

The Daily Word in the SPU shooting, same-sex marriage polls and "Desiree"

The Daily Word

A shooting at Seattle Pacific University left one student dead and a couple others wounded.

Hundreds of New Yorkers gathered today to pay respects to Prince Joshua (P.J.) Avitto, a 6-year-old boy from Brooklyn who was stabbed and killed in an elevator.

A Virgina base is on lockdown after a stabbing this morning. A suspect hasn't been apprehended.

According to a Washington Post/ABC poll, about 50 percent of America thinks same-sex marriage is a constitutional right.

If you're going to the Albuquerque Sunport, watch out for “Desiree.”

Mayor Richard Berry responds to the protest that took over his office.

Five teens in Santa Fe who shot at cars with BB guns called the cops on themselves when one of their victims started chasing them.

APD Chief Gorden Eden wants the police union to cooperate with DOJ reviews and reforms.

It looks like police officers in Spokane aren't allowed to make whoopee on the job anymore.

V.23 No.18 |

NEWS

The Daily Word in Burquenos take over city council chambers, Monica Lewinsky takes back her life and a wife who never imagined APD would take her husband's life

Rob Ford disappeared on his way to rehab

The Daily Word

Albuquerque citizens took over last night's city council meeting after Alibi contributor David Correia threatened a citizen's arrest of the police chief.

Beware "the eraser challenge".

The tour of "Old Main", the former NM penitentiary, sounds pretty good. And pretty creepy.

The new Rail Yard market in Downtown Albuquerque last weekend was hugely successful.

When she called police to their Ventana Ranch home last weekend, the wife of the man killed by police figured his arrest would be the worst possible outcome.

Toronto mayor Rob Ford went off the radar after turning back to Canada on his way to an American rehab. If they know, his family isn't saying where he is at this time.

An anti gay-marriage GOP senate candidate was once upon a time a professional drag queen.

In other gay-marriage-related (no, really) news, a florida man wants to marry his "porn-filled Apple computer".

A resurfaced Monica Lewinsky says it's "time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress".

Did Netflix redesign their logo?

Check out these pics of LA's lamentably long-gone Pacific Ocean Park.

Germany has advised its citizens to leave east and south Ukraine, saying war is imminent.

V.23 No.18 | 5/1/2014

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Letters

Wherein Weekly Alibi readers write. This week’s feedback was concentrated on APD, psychogeography, graffiti, basketball and Asa Mullins. (P.S. Commenting on alibi.com is easier than ever: Join the conversation.)
V.23 No.17 |

news

The Daily Word in no toe shoes for soldiers, The Rob Ford Show and the world's fastest beer mile.

The Daily Word

KAFB could be fined 10,000 dollars per day if they don't start cleaning up the jet fuel spill.

The DOJ's first community meeting was a bumpy ride.

Beyonce took a picture of a New Mexico highway sign.

Police have charged a third man, a Lobo running back, for his suspected role in a gang rape.

In the tradition of "Kim Jong-Il looking at things", Kim Jong-Un is surrounded by people taking notes.

"As women age, they are worth less and less" and other bits of marital wisdom from the Chinese government.

How to keep crickets in a box.

What is a photocopier?

Cliven Bundy's dispute with BLM has drawn wackos from far and wide to his realm of Nevada.

The Army has forbidden soldiers to wear toe shoes.

Runaway beer blimp.

A beer mile.

Donald Sterling's girlfriend has a weird visor.

Toronto mayor Rob Ford's story as a TV show.

V.23 No.16 | 4/17/2014
Zak T Photography

Editorial

Department Corrections

Reforming APD’s culture of violence requires radical change

Wherein Alibi Managing Editor Samantha Anne Carrillo reflects on the US Department of Justice investigation into Albuquerque police violence—specifically the resultant scathing DOJ report—and entreats citizens to engage in critical dialogue with both the DOJ and elected officials about our city’s future.

Letters

Wherein a reader critiques the advocacy journalism of Alibi media partner La Jicarita.

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Celebrate Reaping Day with a pub quiz that covers events in The Hunger Games and Catching Fire.

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Wine Tasting: Syrah at Slate Street Café

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