ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — As has been the case at numerous City Council meetings in the past year-plus, Monday night’s council meeting featured a full docket for public comment — many had come to to speak out against APD’s use of force.
At least two people called for Police Chief Ray Schultz to be fired, and family members of some of the men shot by police renewed their calls for a federal civil rights investigation into the department.
Notably, APD was out in force at the meeting, even though there was no police-related legislation on the Council’s agenda. At least 40 uniformed officers — including commanders, deputy chiefs and Schultz himself — attended the meeting.
Longtime local activist Bob Anderson said firing Schultz and bringing in the U.S. Department of Justice isn’t likely to change things at APD.
“DOJ has plenty of baggage of its own,” Anderson said “I would urge you (the council) to take a more active role at the grassroots level.”