One day after the city of Albuquerque filed a court motion accusing Independent Monitor James Ginger of bias, a collective of community groups known as “APD Forward” is weighing in.
Representatives from APD Forwardspoke out in a news conferenceTuesday afternoon. Speakers claim the city’s latest accusation against Ginger shows a growing pattern of leadership that is unwilling to accept the Department of Justice (DOJ) related APD reforms.
APD Forward representatives also point to the timing of the city’s motion against Ginger. It came just one day before Ginger released his sixth monitoring report on APD reforms.
At 439 pages in length, Ginger’s latest report is the most extensive yet on APD’s work toward reform. While the report’s summary says, “APD continues to make progress,” it also says, “a culture of accountability is markedly absent.” According to Ginger’s metrics, APD continues to improve its operational compliance with the reform efforts with a “53 percent” rating.