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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.