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September 25, 2020 – 2020 has had its share of challenges, from a global pandemic, to economic upheaval and civil and political unrest. And, all that strife has laid bare many systemic inequalities here in New Mexico. Front and center in many of the Black Lives Matter protests has been a call for police reform, especially in Albuquerque, where the police department is in year 6 of a Court Approved Settlement Agreement with the Department of Justice. The Independent Monitor overseeing that agreement recently issued his 11th report on the city’s reform progress. Host Gene Grant talks with activists and advocates about how far the department has come and what work still needs to be done to see substantial culture change in the Albuquerque Police Department.


Host/Correspondent: Gene Grant

Guests:
Dr. Finnie Coleman, American Literary Studies Associate Professor, UNM Department of English
Steve Torres, APD Forward
Kate Lynnes, Mental Healthcare Advocate

Suggested Reading:
Documents Related to APD’s Settlement AgreementCity of Albuquerque
APD Forward
Independent Monitor’s 11th APD Report