The Albuquerque police department, recently accusing of using excessive force by the U.S. Department of Justice and the many people who marched in protest of the killing of a homeless man who was shot as he turned away from officers, is trying to make things right by promoting two officers to a newly-created rank. Unfortunately, one of those officers was found by a federal jury to have used excessive force himself when he burned off part of a homeless man's ear in 2002.
From the press release (seen in full at the Albuquerque Journal), quoting police chief Gorden Eden:
'One of the deficiencies cited in the recent Department of Justice review of the Albuquerque Police Department was related to proper supervision of officers,' said Chief Eden. 'With this change we are now intensifying supervision and increasing accountability by splitting the Field Services Division into two sections ... We have chosen Commanders Gonterman and Montano because they have demonstrated the strong leadership skills necessary for us to move ahead with DOJ reform requirements.'
Commander Timothy Gonterman is now Major Timothy Gonterman, and said: "I look forward to the challenges of working with the DOJ and instituting the changes required to make APD a better police force."