ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The conclusions of a city-sponsored study on crime in Albuquerque and city officials dismissing an independent monitor’s assessments of the police reform effort were among concerns that community groups have raised in recently filed federal court filings.
City officials countered that they have not dismissed the monitor’s reports and that a researcher, not city officials, reached the conclusions in the crime study.
Letters from Peter Cubra, an Albuquerque attorney as well as APD Forward, a coalition of community groups interested in Albuquerque police reform, were among documents filed in court last week in anticipation of a status conference on the police reforms scheduled for next month.
U.S. District Court Judge Robert Brack is presiding over a years-long reform effort by Albuquerque police that stems from a Department of Justice investigation, which found Albuquerque police have a pattern of excessive force. Throughout the process, Brack has asked community organizations involved with policing issues to raise their concerns in letters filed in court prior to public hearings.