By Associated Press - Wednesday, November 2, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A federal court monitor says problems persist within the Albuquerque Police Department over how higher-ups handle and investigate officers’ use of force on the job.

James Ginger filed his fourth report Tuesday on the police department’s progress in overhauling how it trains officers to use force and handle encounters with people suffering from mental illness.

Ginger, the monitor, has taken issue with how sergeants and other higher-ranking officers investigate officers’ use of force to determine whether it’s justified or whether discipline is needed. He says reviews have been delayed and incomplete.

His concerns echo those outlined in a report earlier this year.

He also says inadequate training may have left supervisors confused on proper protocal for neck holds and leg sweeps - a maneuver in which officers take down suspects.

The latest report covers a four-month period ending in July.

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