- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A federal judge is set to hear comments from advocacy groups on a proposed settlement between the city of Albuquerque and the U.S. Justice Department to overhaul the city’s police force.

U.S. District Judge Robert Brack is scheduled Wednesday to take comment on the pending blueprint after accepting friend-of-the-court briefs.

The reform agreement calls for new training and protocols for investigating officer shootings. It also calls for the agency to dismantle some troubled units.

An independent monitoring team will oversee how the changes are adopted, provide technical assistance and publicly report on the city’s compliance.

The police department serving a city of about 560,000 people has faced scrutiny for more than 40 police shootings since 2010.

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