Embattled Albuquerque Police Chief Heading To Texas

Jan 29, 2014

The interim chief of Albuquerque's embattled police department is heading to Texas.

Chief Allen Banks said Tuesday he is retiring at the end of next month to be chief of another agency.

Round Rock, Texas City Manager Steve Norwood announced later that Banks has been selected to be the Austin suburbs new chief.

The move comes after Banks was named interim Albuquerque chief after Ray Schultz retired last summer amid calls for new leadership.

The Albuquerque Police Department is under a U.S. Justice Department civil rights investigation into allegations of excessive force and three dozen shootings by officers since 2010.

Stephanie Lopez, president of the police officers' union, told the Albuquerque Journal she believes Banks left because Mayor Richard Berry took too long deciding whether to keep him permanently.

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