- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 25, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Albuquerque’s Civilian Police Oversight Agency says the county district attorney’s office has a backlog of more than a dozen officer-involved shooting cases, forcing ACPOA to delay its own investigations.

KOAT-TV reports (https://bit.ly/27Sy8Rb ) that it’s up to District Attorney Kari Brandenburg to decide whether or not to file charges when an Albuquerque officer fires on a suspect. CPOA, however, is tasked with reviewing the cases for any police department policy violations.

When asked about the issue, Brandenburg’s office sent a statement saying they are working as quickly as possible.

CPOA Executive Director Ed Harness says as many as 16 such cases are still awaiting full review, some dating back to 2013. The agency cannot review pending cases.

Harness says the backlog also keeps the pending cases hanging over officers’ heads.


Information from: KOAT-TV, https://www.thenewmexicochannel.com/index.html

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