Albuquerque councilors eye competing police reform proposals amid pending federal agreement

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ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — City councilors are set to discuss two proposals aimed at reforming citizen oversight of the troubled Albuquerque Police Department.

The council is scheduled Monday to debate a bill that would overhaul the Police Oversight Commission by removing the current board and giving it more money. Another proposal would abolish the current commission and wait for the final Department of Justice report before establishing a new one.

The city and federal officials are finishing up an agreement over ordered reforms following a harsh report into police excessive force.

City Councilor Brad Winter told KRQE (http://goo.gl/No8KAP) he believed councilors should pass reforms soon and not wait for the Department of Justice decree.

Councilors also plan to vote on proposal that would allow them to have a say on the police chief's hiring.


Information from: KRQE-TV, http://www.krqe.com

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