Activist group “ABQJustice,” with help from other community groups, held the Albuquerque People’s Tribunal on Police Brutality on Saturday.
The event, which was open to the public, featured the results of a six-month-long, street-level investigation of “prejudice and racial bias” in the APD.
American Studies professor and ABQJustice member David Correia helped do the investigation and present the group’s findings at the tribunal.
“I thought it was good,” Correia said. “There’s really two pieces: there’s this report, which we’ve spent six months doing, with dozens and dozens of interviews with people on the street; then, this tribunal is an opportunity to make a preliminary presentation of our findings, trying to ask these panelists to help us figure out what we really need to do to resolve these problems that we’ve identified.”
The group said that the DOJ’s investigation only looked at a two-year period of police violence, and did not address racial biases and other systemic prejudice in the police force.