Consecutive front pages of the Albuquerque Journal last week offer both symmetry and insight into Mayor Tim Keller’s formal request that the city be released from portions of its 5-year-old police oversight agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice.
One lays out a case for why it’s time to exit part of the agreement. The other for why it’s there in the first place and we should proceed with caution.
In a story featured on page one Sunday, Jan. 12, the mayor in his State of the City address presented his arguments for partially releasing the city from formal oversight. The city filed a motion on Jan. 10 in federal court asking the DOJ to move large swaths of the agreement into the “sustained compliance” category and suspend monitoring of others.