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The independent Albuquerque police monitor told a federal judge that a group of high-ranking officers within the department is trying to thwart reform efforts, and because they are part of the police union they remain in their positions.
Chief Michael Geier said he has also noticed some “old-school resistance” to reforms. But he said he replaced certain commanders with others who agree with police reforms, so matters should improve.
Monitor James Ginger’s and Geier’s comments were made earlier this month during a telephonic status conference before U.S. District Judge Robert Brack, who is presiding over the reforms underway at the Albuquerque Police Department.
Ginger said he referred to the group of officers as the “counter-CASA effect.” CASA stands for the Court Approved Settlement Agreement between the city and the Department of Justice, which outlines a series of reforms that APD has agreed to make in response to a DOJ investigation, which found police had a pattern of excessive force.