'A system that eliminates any APD involvement whatsoever ... will help to better ensure both the fact and appearance of impartiality in these critical investigations' - Councilor Pat Davis
Bill Would Require Outside Review of APD Shootings
BY ABQ FREE PRESS STAFF
Fatal shootings by Albuquerque police officers would be sent to an outside law enforcement agency for investigation under a bill before the Albuquerque City Council.
The measure, sponsored by Councilor Patrick Davis, was approved unanimously on Jan. 23 by the council’s Finance and Government Operations Committee. It would bar APD from conducting its own investigations of officer-involved shootings and in-custody deaths.
“A system that eliminates any APD involvement whatsoever in the investigation [of] APD use of lethal uses of force resulting in death, and in-custody deaths will help to better ensure both the fact and appearance of impartiality in these critical investigations,” the bill reads.
Davis, a former police officer, said the matter comes down to an issue of public trust and added, “Our internal process has shown that sometimes we have failed to ask tough questions of ourselves.”
Davis said he expects his bill will be debated in the coming weeks.
The Finance Committee also sent to the full council a bill that would require APD to test rape kits within three months of receiving them. The state has a backlog of more than 5,000 untested rape kits, with three-quarters of that backlog involving crimes in the Albuquerque metro area.