In contrast to previous hearings, the adjective “optimistic” or sometimes the more tempered “cautiously optimistic” were a recurring refrain at a federal court hearing on Tuesday regarding the latest developments in the yearslong case reforming the Albuquerque Police Department.
“What I will say – from our observations of the DOJ team – is that we see that there are champions of reform within the Albuquerque Police Department. I believe that now there are more folks than there have been in the past …,” said Paul Killebrew, deputy chief over the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. “We also see that those champions of reform are growing and developing the next generation of leaders at APD. So, those are all promising developments.”
But “it’s fragile. We need to make sure that these trends continue,” he added.
In recent months, APD has had some wins when it comes to reforms.
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