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Ginger: I Love This Town

Ginger: I Love This Town

'About Dec. 1, I will be back here every day' -- Ginger

James Ginger, the special monitor of the Albuquerque Police Department under the U.S. Department of Justice deal, said Thursday that he will be moving to Albuquerque for an extended period of time.

Ginger made the announcement during a meeting with the public in the Northeast Heights.

“About Dec. 1, I will be back here every day. I will be here in the near future as a resident of the City of Albuquerque,” Ginger told the crowd of more than 120 people.

Ginger told the audience that his job is to monitor APD to ensure that APD is complying with the DOJ consent decree. “We do not direct the police department, we are here to evaluate,” Ginger said. “This police department needs to respond to a series of quantifiable measures, and we are not here to tell the chief what to do. We are here to determine if APD has complied with the consent decree.”

Many in the audience were hostile to Ginger and questioned his commitment to transparency. Others expressed frustration at the slow pace of implementing reforms under the settlement agreement.

Ginger told the audience that he wants to do the job right. “We can do it now, or we can do it right,” Ginger said. “If we mess this up it is our last best chance”

 

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