www.cabq.gov/police/news/settlement-agreement-city-of-albuquerque-justice-department The governor referred to Albuquerque`s history with problems with the use of force by the police. On April 10, 2014, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice released its report on an 18-month investigation into APD`s civil rights. The DOJ examined the excessive use of force and fatal cases of violence and found that ODA had participated in an unconstitutional «pattern and practice» of «use of force» and «lethal violence» and found a «culture of aggression» within ODA. In November 2014, Albuquerque and APD entered into a Federal Court-approved settlement agreement with 276 reforms. The Settlement Agreement (CASA) imposes major changes and reforms to ODA. Over the past five years of implementing mandated DOJ reforms, APD has made considerable progress under the watchful eye of a Monitor approved by the Federal Court. The agreement provides that if the City fails to implement the reforms or shows bad faith in implementing casa, the DOJ has the option of filing a federal complaint against the city for the city`s unconstitutional policing practices, which were determined by the DOJ`s investigation. The settlement agreement obliges APD to do everything in its power to meet all requirements within four years and, if so, the case would be dismissed.

Like other parts of the agreement, the mental health sections required the ministry to collect and track call data from trained crisis responders and pass the information to the Federal Monitor for audits.


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