Amid Protests Over Police Shootings, Albuquerque, U.S. Agree On Monitor


The city of Albuquerque and the U.S. Justice Department selected an independent monitor, Dr. James Ginger, to oversee police reforms, NPR reports. Ginger’s selection is part of a settlement the city negotiated with DOJ over the police department’s use of force. Ginger previously served as an independent monitor for a similar agreements reached with Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and the New Jersey State Police. He was selected from a pool of 17 applicants.

Last year, DOJ found reasonable cause to believe that the Albququerque Police Department “engages in a pattern or practice of excessive force in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution,” often against people posing a minimal threat. Police officers there have shot 37 people since 2010, 24 of them fatally. The shooting death last year of James Boyd, a homeless man who was camping illegally on the outskirts of town, touched off a wave of protests after video of his death was released. Earlier this month, another man was killed in an officer-involved shooting in Albuquerque, setting off more protests.

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