- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Albuquerque council members aren’t blocking a $4.5 million contract that appoints James Ginger to independently oversee police force reforms for four years.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1JX799F) the council voted 6-2 Monday to acknowledge a court order to establish the monitor’s office, but Councilor Don Harris said he thought it inappropriate that the man appointed to the task has yet to attend a meeting to answer questions.

The justice department reached the agreement with the city last year in light of a federal investigation that showed the Albuquerque Police Department had a pattern of using force and violating people’s rights.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, https://www.abqjournal.com

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