Updated: 04/10/2014 9:48 AM |
Created: 04/10/2014 7:59 AM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com
After 500 days of waiting, citizens will finally learn the results of the Department of Justice's investigation into the Albuquerque Police Department on Thursday.
There have been 37 officer-involved shootings in Albuquerque since 2010—23 of them fatal. The Justice Department began investigating APD's use of force in 2012, but tensions boiled over after the police shooting of a homeless man in the foothills on March 16.
Police Chief Gorden Eden said James Boyd threatened officers Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez with knives when they confronted him for illegally camping in the foothills. But after APD released lapel camera video of the incident, many argued that the shooting was unjust.
Mayor Richard Berry urged the Justice Department to expedite their investigation after a violent protest in downtown Albuquerque more than a week ago. Hundreds of people marched in front of APD headquarters, protesting police brutality and demanding that the officers who shot Boyd face murder charges.
APD officers in riot gear fired tear gas into the crowd twice during the nearly 12-hour protest.
In a letter to the Justice Department, Mayor Berry invited a federal monitor to take a look inside APD and give advice.
If the Justice Department finds that APD used excessive force in the police shootings, the department could mandate federal oversight and extensive reforms.