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Police chief talks DOJ, controversial text message at economic forum

Updated: 06/11/2014 1:03 PM | Created: 06/11/2014 1:02 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra and Elizabeth Reed, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The Department of Justice became the topic of discussion at Wednesday morning's Albuquerque Economic Forum, where APD Chief Gorden Eden was the speaker.

Eden told the crowd that he is "anxiously waiting" to work with the DOJ and improve the Albuquerque Police Department. Now, he's waiting to learn what needs to be done.

At the Hotel Albuquerque, Eden said he's been looking at other cities that have worked with the DOJ in the past to get ideas for APD.

When a local business owner asked Eden about use of force, the chief said it would take hours to explain because there are pages upon pages on policy.

Eden also apologized for a text message he sent earlier this week, in which he forbid employees from talking to the Justice Department without his permission. He said it was "not effective."

The chief's appearance wasn't met without pushback. Protesters gathered outside the hotel early Wednesday, waving signs that called for him to step down.

Police are expected to release more about the Department of Justice reforms on Wednesday.


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