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Next round of Justice Department’s APD forums scheduled next week

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The next round of opportunities for Albuquerque residents to share their concerns with federal investigators about excessive force by APD is scheduled for next week.

The U.S. Justice Department, which announced a sweeping investigation of APD in November, will host two community forums: the first on Monday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Barelas Community Center, 801 Barelas St. SW. The second forum will be Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Palo Duro Senior Center, 5221 Palo Duro NE.

From a notice sent by DOJ officials to community and neighborhood leaders:

“The purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for members of the community to learn about DOJ’s investigation into use of force by APD and to provide individuals a forum to submit information that may be relevant to the investigation … Individuals will have an opportunity to speak to DOJ attorneys and investigators in a more private setting about specific information or incidents they may have experienced or witnessed involving use of force by APD.”

The meetings coincide with a site visit by Justice Department officials who, while they’re in Albuquerque, also will go on ride-alongs with officers, interview APD leaders and continue their review of Internal Affairs files and APD policies.

Next week marks the second site visit since the investigation began — and the second round of community meetings. (I wrote in some detail about the first site visit in the Feb. 7 Journal, and I covered one of the community meetings during the first round on Feb. 11.)

Justice Department officials are asking anyone who wants to share information about APD but can’t attend a community meeting to set up an appointment with a DOJ investigator by sending an email to community.albuquerque@usdoj.gov or calling (855)544-5134.

Linked at our permanent “APD Under Fire” page, you will find extensive coverage of the DOJ investigation — and what led to it — in stories, videos and an interactive timeline.

 

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