- Associated Press - Saturday, October 13, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Federal officials say they’re seeing the Albuquerque Police Department make substantial progress in its efforts to change policies and practices regarding use of force by officers.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that independent monitor James Ginger recently said during a status conference in court that the department “is on the right track” and U.S. District Judge Robert Brack said the department’s progress left him trying to catch his breath.

The changes are intended to address what federal officials called a “culture of aggression” that existed within the department several years ago and change how the department investigates use-of-force cases involving police.

The department’s multiyear effort was mandated through a 2014 settlement agreement with the U.S. Justice Department.

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