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Monitor’s report finds Albuquerque Police Department lacking

May 4, 2021 GMT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal monitor’s latest report says the Albuquerque Police Department is making some progress on use of force but falling short in other ways.

In turn, the police chief and the police officers’ union are critical of the report by the court-appointed monitor, James Ginger, KRQE-TV reported.

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 department routinely fails to follow its own written policy on discipline for violations and should be better staffed, the report also said.

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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.”