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Monitor: Police reform has progressed but issues persist

May 9, 2019

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The independent monitor overseeing the Albuquerque Police Department’s reform effort says progress has been made, but the department needs to work on investigating policy violations and use of force.

The Albuquerque Journal reported Wednesday that monitor James Ginger in his report covering August 2018 to January 2019 found “palpable progress” under Mayor Tim Keller’s administration.

The report says that Ginger’s team has noticed “serious deficiencies” in oversight and accountability in reporting and investigating use of force.

Police spokesman Gilbert Gallegos says the department has developed new policies for use of force that it hopes will address some of the issues.

The report tracks the department’s improvement in relation to the settlement agreement reached by the city and the U.S. Department of Justice in 2014.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com