Tuesday, November 27, 2012

US Attorney General Eric Holder orders an US Justice probe into Albuquerque police - 25 police shootings / 17 being fatal shootings in last 2 years


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The U.S. Justice Department plans a thorough investigation of the Albuquerque Police Department after a string of officer-involved shootings and a number of high-profile abuse cases alleging the use of excessive and deadly force.

Tuesday's announcement, first reported by the Albuquerque Journal, comes months after the police department in New Mexico's biggest city was the target of protests, lawsuits and demands for wide-scale agency overhaul from civil rights advocates amid 25 officer-involved shootings — 17 of them fatal — since 2010.

In addition, the Albuquerque Police Department has been plagued in recent months by a number of high-profile cases alleging excessive force by officers, including some cases caught on video.

One video showed officers giving each other celebratory "belly bumps" after beating a suspected car thief in a parking garage. Another clip showed an officer illegally entering an apartment and using a stun gun on one suspect, then punching another suspect after he had surrendered.

The department also was forced to change its social media policy involving officers after a detective shot and killed a man last year and listed his occupation as "human waste disposal" on his Facebook page. The detective was later suspended and transferred out of the department's gang unit to field services.

"Police officers are entrusted with extraordinary power, including the power to use deadly force, and police departments have a responsibility to ensure that officers exercise that power within the law," Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, said at a news conference in Albuquerque.

"Our investigation will include a thorough review of APD's policies and practices, as well as outreach to the community and other stakeholders, to identify root causes of misconduct if we discover that there have been systemic violations of the law."

Until Tuesday's confirmation, Justice Department officials had said they were reviewing potential civil rights abuses but had not said when they would make a decision on whether to launch a full-scale investigation.

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry said the city pledged its full cooperation.

For months, Berry and Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz have sought to stave off a possible federal probe into the department by instituting a number of reforms and raising hiring requirements for incoming cadets.

A report from an outside group last year called for changes in training and other procedures, including requiring officers to undergo more training on how to calm potentially violent situations and changing hiring criteria to focus on individuals with good problem-solving and communications skills. The report also made several recommendations on helping police deal with the mentally ill.

In September, the Albuquerque Police Department released information that compared new policies with other cities, saying they were stricter than those required under federal consent decrees in New Orleans and Seattle.

The department also this year began requiring all officers to wear lapel cameras when interacting with the public. Schultz said the lapel cameras and the release of videos involving alleged abuse show that his department was being transparent and responding to community concerns about Albuquerque police.


Anonymous said...

Maybe they should have had all of the Mutant criminal cocksuckers wearing these little cameras and see how they are behaving. This country is so fucked it is unreal. Go after the cops trying to keep crime down and then watch our cities become just like good old Detroit. Look at Chicago. An arrogant asshole mayor who is more worried about using his job as a stepping stone back to Washington and a lap dog police boss who doesn't have a clue. The people will get the police dept. they deserve.

Anonymous said...

Seems to ma Albuquerque already has police with good problem solving skills.

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Anonymous said...

Why is this cocksucking criminal Holder muh-dikking seemingly every big-city PD in the nation? WTF?

Talk about the fox guarding the henhouse. This is just more treasonous Marxist "Tear Down The Machine" bullshit.

This lying POS nigger should be in prison, getting ass-raped by gorilla hordes.

How much longer are we gonna put up with this shit???

Anonymous said...

U.S. Justice Dep't?

You gotta be kidding me. The DOJ is the biggest criminal organization in the country.

And Holder is their boss HNIC.

Anonymous said...

So they're good shots? So what?

Whitey B. Down said...

More anti white racial profiling from one of the most racist cocksuckers on the planet. Buckle up "boyz & gurls" ... it's gonna be a rough four years.

Connie diaz said...

About time the racist pigs were put in a pen. President Obama promised Us no more racist cops and He keep his word. Chicago better start hiring Latino cops or Mr Holder will ask why not.

Anonymous said...

Anything to protect his people (criminal animals) if they were all white criminals getting shot, he wouldn't even entertain the idea in his mind to even look at the cases

Anonymous said...

Here's a thought, dont give police service to any Nigger or Spic. When you see them waving at you, either wave back, or my fav, pretend you dont see them, nobody can prove you didnt see them.

It is useless to try to do anything for these shitbags. They hate the police, always fixing 2 get u on theys sailphone doing something wrong.

These assholes, Liberals, Jews, ACLU and the rest of the assorted Nigger/Spic and shithead lovers have killed the police way of working. Young coppers dont fall into the hard charger role, you will get fucked over by your police dept if anything goes bad.

Anonymous said...

Hey Connie, go back to sucking your sons and your nephews cock you spic whore.

Anonymous said...

Keep up the good work Albuquerque, fuck this rotten piece of shit who should be in jail as we speak. This is the worst DOJ GENERAL ever to grace the position.This whole country needs an overhaul.

Anonymous said...

Seems to Me some Judge or Atty General could hit Holder with the RICO act

Anonymous said...

Holder is in contempt of congress why is he not in jail?? Republicans have no backbone I can't support them anymore time for a new party.

Anonymous said...

Mother FUCK Eric Holder.

When THAT nigger pays for the DEATHS of officers due to fast and furious then MAYBE the AG office will be credible again.

Oh holy GOD do I wanna shove my knife in that niggers THROAT.

Anonymous said...

Connie diaz said...
About time the racist pigs were put in a pen. President Obama promised Us no more racist cops and He keep his word. Chicago better start hiring Latino cops or Mr Holder will ask why not.

November 28, 2012 8:09 AM

Hey connie...go drain daddys chorizo and make some more yummy cum filled churros you nasty spic cunt. I know who you are you fucking CUNT. Keep talking your spic shit and ALL your info gets posted on a KKK site.


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