#AceNewsServices – ALBUQUERQUE – November 03 – Throughout this investigation and in other matters, our attorneys and staff have worked side-by-side with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to enforce our national civil rights laws, and we are grateful for your partnership and steadfast support.
We are here today to announce a landmark settlement agreement between the Justice Department and the city of Albuquerque that resolves our findings on the use of excessive force and avoids a costly and protracted legal battle on the need for reform.
This agreement comes from a mutual commitment by the city and the Department of Justice to ensure that the Albuquerque Police Department works with the community and polices in a manner that respects the rights of residents and that promotes mutual confidence between law enforcement and the community.
Constitutional policing is key to building trust between police departments and the communities they serve, and trust is of course key to ensuring public and officer safety.
Through this agreement, the city agrees to implement comprehensive police reforms in the way that it recruits, selects, guides, trains, supervises, investigates, and disciplines officers to ensure that officers are held accountable for their use of force and are fully supported in carrying out their duties in an effective, constitutional, and professional manner.
In April, the Department of Justice found that the police department engages in a pattern or practice of excessive force in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
We specifically found three patterns of excessive force:
Albuquerque officers too frequently use deadly force against people who pose a minimal threat and in situations where the conduct of the officers heightens the danger and contributes to the need to use force;
Albuquerque officers use less lethal force, including electronic controlled weapons, on people who are passively resisting, non-threatening, observably unable to comply with orders or pose only a minimal threat to the officers; and
Encounters between Albuquerque officers and persons with mental illness and in crisis too
The department also found systemic deficiencies of the Albuquerque Police Department which contribute to these three patterns, including: deficient policies, failed accountability systems, inadequate training, inadequate supervision, ineffective systems of investigation and adjudication, the absence of a culture of community policing and a lack of sufficient civilian oversight.
Remarks by Acting Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta Announcing the Agreement to Reform the Albuquerque Police Department
Remarks as Prepared for Delivery
#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – September 26 – Moments after making fresh demands that Attorney General Eric Holder open federal investigations into police shootings of unarmed black men, a cluster of civil rights activists learned, courtesy of whispers and a shared e-tablet, that the nation’s first black attorney general was stepping down.
Civil rights leaders, liberal activists and black lawmakers are now left wondering what effect Holder’s impending departure will have on the high-profile efforts begun on his watch.
“There’s a lot for us to calculate,” said the Rev. Al Sharpton, who was meeting with black leaders in Washington.
#AceWorldNews says (Reuters) – China will begin a long-awaited trial next week of a prominent anti-graft activist campaigning for officials to reveal their wealth, his lawyer said on Friday, on charges he broke the law by organizing demonstrations.
Xu Zhiyong, who has also pushed for greater civil rights, was formally arrested in August in a case that has exposed shortcomings in the government’s drive against deep-rooted #corruption.
His lawyer said the trial would open on Wednesday.
Western governments have sparred with Beijing over human rights and both the United States and European Union have expressed concern about Xu’s case.
Founder of the “New Citizens’ Movement”, Xu advocates working within the system to secure change. He had called on officials to disclose their assets and fellow activists have gone into the streets to urge citizens to fight corruption.