City Of Albuquerque Settlement Agreement
In his “State of the City” address on Saturday, Tim Keller said Albuquerque`s request would include about a quarter of the 276 requirements set out in the court-approved settlement agreement (CASA) signed by the city in late 2014, after a federal investigation revealed that his police had a “model and practice” of excessive use of force. In 1973, the Chicano Police Officers Association and 12 Albuquerque police officers sued the city in federal court for claiming that Hispanic candidates had been discriminated against in police recruitment and promotion practices.  The complaint survived negative testimony and several requests for release and even went to the U.S. Supreme Court before being tried in 1978.  Between 2010 and 2013, the number of police officers employed in the city of Albuquerque decreased by more than 15% due to resignations, a decrease due to wage cuts imposed by the city to fill a budget deficit and low departmental morale.  The monitor “does not take a position” on the city`s request, as, according to the application, this self-assessment plan has not yet been finalized and a statement from the monitor will be filed as soon as the plan has been reviewed. “This will be the biggest step the city has taken to meet these challenges since the beginning of 2014,” Keller told the 1,000 or so people gathered at the Albuquerque Convention Center. “This is a step closer to unlocking public servants and taxpayers` money to refocus on crime.” An independent monitor is responsible for assessing the city`s CASA compliance. The proposed release would reduce its focus, but city officials say the municipality would assume the role of monitor for all remote parties and would always report relevant data to the Federal Court and the DOJ. On 31 October 2014, the Ministry of Justice announced that it had reached a comprehensive agreement with the city of Albuquerque, which will bring extensive reforms to the Albuquerque police and the use of force against civilians.
The Department of Justice and the city have agreed to reach a legal settlement agreement that will review the way APD treats the use of force by its officials, following a year-long investigation into ODA practices and a letter released by the Department of Justice in April 2014. As soon as The Albuquerque City Council reviews the settlement agreement at a special meeting scheduled for the week of November 3, the Department of Justice and the city will file the settlement contract in the U.S. District Court for approval and entry. The Albuquerque Police Department (APD) is the largest municipal police force in New Mexico. It is located in the Bernalillo District and is located within the boundaries of the city of Albuquerque (the area is located outside the city limits, in the non-community area of Bernalillo County, is operated by the Bernalillo County Sheriff`s Office). In addition to their regular commissions (as municipal police officers), Albuquerque police officers are sworn in by the Bernalillo County Sheriff`s Office as deputy sheriff, allowing officers to enforce laws outside the city of Albuquerque.