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Federal Civil Rights Probe Targets Albuquerque PD

November 27, 2012  | 

Photo via Albuquerque PD.
Photo via Albuquerque PD.

The Department of Justice launched a civil rights probe of the Albuquerque (N.M.) Police Department Tuesday focusing on officers' use of force.

A full investigation of the department seeks to determine whether the agency "engages in a pattern or practice of violations of the Constitution or federal law," Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez said during a press conference.

The DOJ began a preliminary review of the department in 2011 that led to this announcement of a full-blown probe, Perez said.

"Our investigation into APD's use of force practices will be thorough, fair and independent," Perez added. "We will peel the onion to its core, and leave no stone unturned."

During the investigation, federal investigators will review the department's policies and practices, review records, and interact with officers in the field. Several police professionals, including retired and current police chiefs, will assist in the probe. Investigators will also seek input from community leaders.

Investigations of law enforcement agencies have reached historic levels under Attorney General Eric Holder's Justice Department, which has relied on a 1994 federal law granting broad investigative powers of police agencies.

This year, agencies in East Haven, Conn.; New Orleans; Portland; Seattle; and Warren, Ohio agreed to consent decrees that will revamp policies and practices under the guidance of the DOJ. Including Albuquerque, there are now 14 active investigations of agencies.

Comments (6)

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Tom Ret @ 11/27/2012 6:53 PM

I find it ironic that the most corrupt attorney general in living memory
has record law enforcement investigations under his watch.

Word @ 11/27/2012 11:32 PM

Holder is the criminal. Fast and furious anyone?

jc @ 11/28/2012 2:09 AM

I'm fed up with the DOJ constantly sticking their nose into local agencies business and suing them or forcing them into consent decrees over 'civil rights' violations. It seems the DOJ is kissing the rear ends of criminals and criminal sympathizers and handcuffing the police in their ability to do their jobs. I think its time for congress to start cutting off funds to the criminal sympathizers at the DOJ Civil Rights divison. It should be renamed the Criminal Sympathizers and Criminal Rights Division.

DaveSAM25G @ 11/28/2012 2:12 AM

Are their some issues that need fixing - I would say yes everyone can work on these nationwide...I am frustrated and saddened for those that hit the street everyday and do what the oath says to the fullest plus some and many gave their lives including many friends of mine- cannot take that away NEVER!! They were and are today "SPARTANS." I sure hope this does not open the door for those who love attention focused elsewhere when it should be on officer & Community safety all going home safely every night and feeling relatively safe in your own home...These are hard on those undergoing the review...Morale and The division of us vs them benefits no one! While you are enjoying holiday festivities this year think about those who are out in the cold or serving far away places (sounds like (Perry Como Song)...serving their country in both at the national level and world wide...God Bless Stay safe and keep moving forward!

Ric Walters @ 11/28/2012 5:01 AM

It's amazing that DOJ has time to investigate cops, but not corrupt union officials, corrupt politicians, a corrupt AG, and a corrupt President. Anyone who thinks that Holder's DOJ isn't a puppet of the "activists" needs to pay attention. When ultra-liberal bastions of society like Seattle and Portland are under DOJ attack, you have to know the inmates have taken over the asylum.

FC @ 11/28/2012 7:01 AM

Folks, all you have to do is look at the party affiliation of Gov Martinez. She's an outspoken opponent of Obama's and Holder's "open border" and full amnesty policies. Remember last year they went after Sheriff Joe? Same thing, they found nothing at Maricopa County SO (Sheriff Joe), now they're going after Albuquerque PD. After this, they'll go after another city or county in NM. It will continue as long as Holder's in office. Wasn't he an ACLU attorney? Nuf said.

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