June 15, 2018 – Albuquerque Mayor Tim Killer named a new police chief this week. Michael Geier previously served as interim chief and still needs to be confirmed by the city council. City officials also told local media that Albuquerque is in compliance with the U.S. Department of Justice consent decree that requires changes in APD to address excessive use of force in the department. Host Gene Grant and this week’s Line opinion panelists react to these updates and talk about what needs to happen next.
March 23, 2018 – A public court hearing was held last week in the case that aims to reform the Albuquerque Police Department. It was the first hearing since Mayor Tim Keller and Police Chief Mike Geier took office. Many expressed optimism with the new administration’s approach to the reforms. Is that optimism justified? Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists debate the issue.
Dan Foley, former House minority whip
Mary Hudetz, reporter, Associated Press
Andy Lyman, reporter for NM Political Report
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy and McCarthy, LLP
Police reform hearing takes on a new tone – by Ryan Boetel, Albuquerque Journal