Mayor: Change to come soon to Albuquerque police

May 12, 2014 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — [auth] Albuquerque’s mayor says the city is not waiting for a formal agreement with the U.S. Justice Department to start instituting some changes to police procedures.

Mayor Richard Berry tells the Albuquerque Journal ( that there are changes to protocol that the city can implement rather than wait for negotiations with the DOJ to be resolved.

Berry says one policy that will be affected is the use of lapel cameras by officers but didn’t give further details.

The Justice Department released a scathing report in April, revealing a pattern of excessive force by the Albuquerque Police Department.

The report also said officers were “highly inconsistent” with their use of lapel cameras

Berry says the city won’t go too far before getting more feedback from federal authorities.

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