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The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is hosting a community meeting at the Barela’s Community Center, 801 Barela’s Street SW in Albuquerque, from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm on Monday, March 4, 2013. I write to request your assistance in notifying the community about the meeting.

The purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for members of the community to learn about DOJ’s investigation into use of force by the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) and to provide individuals a forum to submit information that may be relevant to the investigation.

The meeting will begin with a short informational briefing on DOJ’s civil authority to address police misconduct and the scope and nature of DOJ’s investigation of APD. After that, individuals will have an opportunity to speak to DOJ attorneys and investigators in a more private setting about specific information or incidents they may have experienced or witnessed involving use of force by APD.

We realize that some individuals may have scheduling conflicts or may prefer an alternate setting to submit information. We therefore ask you to please remind the community that individuals can submit information or make arrangements to speak with DOJ attorneys and investigators by contacting DOJ via E-email at Community.Albuquerque@usdoj.gov or by telephone at (855) 544-5134.

Thank you for helping us notify the community about this meeting and for sharing information on how individuals can contact DOJ to assist the investigation.

Ronald P. Lopez
Law Enforcement & Project Safe Neighborhood Coordinator
United States Attorney’s Office For the District of New Mexico
201 3rd St. NW (87102)
P.O. Box 607 (87103)
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Office (505) 224-1466
FAX (505) 346-6889