Posted at: 04/15/2014 5:49 PM
By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4
The Department of Justice has responded to reports that flyers calling for the killing of APD officers were inserted inside copies of the Albuquerque Journal.
Federal investigators looking into the Albuquerque Police Department found an excessive use of force, including deadly force, and a large number of officer involved shootings unjustified.
While the DOJ said the findings are serious, they said the flyers cross the line. The DOJ released a statement Tuesday saying they "condemn threats of violence against police officers."
The flyer is just the latest in what an APD spokesperson said is a series of threats against the department and its officers.
They've been dealing with everything from vandalism to threats on social media.
Officers said these actions are similar to hate crimes.
In the end, DOJ officials said, the threats will not benefit the police department.
The DOJ said the best way to change things at APD is by talking and being part of the solution.
The Department of Justice said if anyone would like to submit their ideas on how to reform APD, or has any information that's relevant to the DOJ's investigation, you can call them at 855-544-5134 or email the department at firstname.lastname@example.org.