Police oversight committee wants real power

Created: 03/27/2014 10:22 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The Police Oversight Commission is made up of regular citizens and is supposed to oversee the Albuquerque Police Department and citizen complaints, as listed in the POC ordinance here:
But commission members say they’re powerless to do any actual investigation or make any changes to APD, and they want that to change.

Thursday, many of the same people who picketed during a protest Tuesday planned to take concerns to the POC, hoping it was an “official” route to making a difference, but they were disappointed.

They asked for the commission to investigate recent shootings, but were told the POC doesn’t have power to independently investigate an officer involved shooting. They asked for the commission to summon APD top brass to talk face to face with citizens, but learned the POC can’t force them to do that.

The committee chair said he’s asked city council to change the ordinance stating what the POC can and can’t do, specifically so they can do their own police shooting investigations, but it’s up to city councilors to make those changes.

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