ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Mayor Tim Keller and Albuquerque city officials held a news conference on Friday, June 5 to address calls for police reform through the #8CantWait campaign. The campaign cites data that proves that eight policies can decrease police violence by 72%.
Those policies are banning chokeholds and strangleholds, requiring de-escalation, requiring a warning before shooting, requiring the exhaust of all alternatives before shooting, the duty to intervene, banning shooting at moving vehicles, requiring the use of force continuum, and requiring comprehensive reporting. During the press conference, Mayor Keller stated that this time is a pivotal moment for the city, state, and country and that the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Amaud Arbery, as well as many before them, have left the community angry and that he will work to do something about it.
Keller states the #8CantWait campaign is just a small portion of what the city’s police department is working on with reform starting several years ago when the Department of Justice entered a consent decree with the department citing its use of force. The mayor said that while the process will take years, they are committed to reform and cited several changes to the department including the internal investigations division and use of force policy.
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday announced the launch of a new roundtable initiative called the “Advisory Council for Racial Justice” to look at systemic racism in the state following protests across New Mexico after the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd.
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