Freeze Of Albuquerque Oversight Commission Sought

May 17, 2013

Operations of an appointed advisory commission that investigates citizen complaints against the Albuquerque Police Department would be suspended while the City Council considers the commission's future.

Councilors Trudy Jones and Brad Winter plan Monday to propose that the Police Oversight Commission's operations be put on hold. A decision would come later.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that critics of the commission range from the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico to the police union.

The council is already weighing whether to form a task force to consider changing the oversight system based on the volunteer commission.

The Police Department faces a federal investigation into whether there's a pattern of violating civil right, including through shootings and other use of force.

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