Two-and-a-half years into the process and APD is still denying and defending its incompetence or outright hostility to the court-approved settlement agreement.
When will somebody fire Albuquerque Police Department Chief Gorden Eden and the department’s entire command staff?
If you don’t think they should have been fired a long time ago, or now, for obstructing and stalling the reform process, read the independent monitor’s latest report on APD’s progress.
It says that two-and-a-half years into the formal review process, APD’s command staff still can’t get it right.
Two-and-a-half years into the process and APD is still denying and defending its incompetence or outright hostility to the court-approved settlement agreement that’s supposed to get the department into a mode of constitutional policing.
James Ginger is the court-appointed independent monitor in the case, and his latest report, filed in court on Aug. 18, is much like the six other reports he’s filed since the city and APD signed the settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice in late 2014. The report rips APD for being unable to properly investigate use-of-force incidents by its officers.
Here are some excerpts from Ginger’s latest report:
“Despite these multiple notices that something is wrong with APD’s internal process, the ‘unidentified’ use of force continues to be a critical issue, with APD sergeants, lieutenants, commanders, majors and chiefs routinely missing violations of policy and training. Often, when notified by the monitor of such lapses — most of which are supported with clear video and written documentation of violation — ADP’s normal response is denial, debate and defense, not analysis-response-testing, revision-repeat, as would be the near universally recommended response.”
Denial, debate and defense, that’s all APD has been doing for the past 28 months. And the blame must be heaped directly on Eden.
Ginger’s report, posted below, details other problems at APD, including deficiencies in training. But maybe the scariest thing is what he says about APD’s inability to generate reliable data for the monitor and his team.
If Ginger can’t get reliable data about APD’s progress, or lack of it, it will never be able to say that the department is in operational compliance with the CASA. That means the DOJ could be here a lot longer than the anticipated four years, and it means that we the taxpayers might have to spend of a lot more money on getting APD to fix itself.
Read what Ginger said:
“The monitoring team underscores that operational compliance cannot be properly assessed unless reliable data are generated by APD’s use of force oversight and accountability system. Based upon previous case reviews and this case, we have major reservations about the system’s ability to produce high-quality, trustworthy data.
“APD, at multiple levels and stages, missed significant opportunities to catch problems early, re-mediate and resolve them quickly, reinforce good practice, and provide invaluable feedback to the policy and training functions.”
Ginger’s report goes on and on, and so does the sickening story of APD’s incompetence and obstruction.
Will it ever end? Do you want it to end?