- Associated Press - Friday, February 20, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A judge is allowing Albuquerque’s police union to comment on a proposed settlement between the city and the U.S. Justice Department on overhauling the Police Department.

U.S. District Judge Robert Brack on Thursday granted the Albuquerque Police Officers’ Association’s request to intervene in the case and submit its objections for consideration by Brack.

APOA Vice President Shaun Willoughby told KRQE-TV (https://goo.gl/pKGMd1) that the group didn’t have a voice at the table when the agreement was negotiated though it will directly affect officers on matters such as policies and officers’ legal rights.

The March shooting by police of a man later said to suffer from schizophrenia sparked protests and prompted police to use tear gas on demonstrators.

The Justice Department later issued a harsh report on Albuquerque officers’ use of force.


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