Oct 31, 2014 3:57 PM
Albuquerque police reforms ordered
The Associated Press
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) The U.S. Justice Department and New Mexico's largest city have reached a deal to overhaul Albuquerque's police department amid several accusations of excessive force, agreeing to reforms that include new training and protocols for investigating officer shootings.
The deal announced Friday also orders the force to be independently monitored and calls for the changes to be in place within four years.
The U.S. attorney for the district of New Mexico, Damon Martinez, says the agreement represents a new chapter for policing in Albuquerque and will serve as a road map for rebuilding trust between the community and police.
Under the agreement, the police department must change its investigations into use of force and offer better training to deal with mentally ill suspects.
The agreement comes after city and federal officials have been in talks about mandated changes following a harsh DOJ report.