In February 2014, Gorden Eden replaced incumbent leader Ray Schultz, who resigned due to ongoing controversies.   In March 2014, about 300 Albuquerque residents protested against police during an eventful demonstration that ended with the use of tear gas amid isolated clashes between police and protesters. Mayor Berry said the protest was being set aside by a small group within the larger demonstration, determined to sow chaos.   A counter-protest the following week drew several hundred people in support of the police.  On April 12, 2011, two Albuquerque police officers, in civilian clothes, jumped over a fence in the yard of schizophrenic Christopher Torres to execute an arrest warrant. An officer named Christopher J. Brown killed him that day. A witness to the shooting described the situation as a man whom police, whom she later discovered, tried to rob Christopher Torres. Stephen Torres, Christopher Torres` father, has secured a complaint against APD in the case of his son, whose death is due to excessive violence. Author Rachel Aviv wrote an article for the New Yorker about the shooting.
 In November 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) opened an investigation into ODA`s policies and practices, to determine whether APD is exploiting a pattern or practice of excessive use of force in violation of the Fourth Amendment and the Crime Control Act of 1994 and the 1994 Act, 42 U.S.C§ 14141 (« Section 14141 »).  As part of its investigation, the Ministry of Justice consulted with experts in police practices and conducted a comprehensive assessment of the use of force and the policies and operations of the DPA. The investigation included guided tours of ODA and territorial commando facilities; interviews with Albuquerque officials, DPA officials, superiors and police officers; a review of numerous documents; and meet with the Albuquerque Police Officers Association, residents, community groups and other stakeholders.  In a November 1, 2016 report, the monitor asked whether the police had read his previous reports and proposed a formal system for evaluating, responding to, and implementing his results.  According to the Police Board, citizens filed 125 formal complaints in the first half of 2016.  Council also stated on October 20 that the Chief of Police was not following the procedure agreed to in the Approval Order to respond to the Board`s recommendations on the discipline of public servants in the use of violent incidents. Until now, the chief of police has not been required to respond to the recommendations, but since the settlement agreement, the chief of police is expected to provide his briefing if he does not agree with the council`s recommendations.  The Governor proposed that the changes followed in the coming months include increased training in de-escalation of conflict for law enforcement recruits and a review of probation and probation rules. Racial profiling is also problematic in New Mexico. One example — the Hobbs Police Department has been confronted by several former public servants with allegations that police officers have made targeted efforts against black and Hispanic communities.
In recent years, New Mexico has taken first or second place in the nation due to its rate of fatal shootings by law enforcement officers. Our law enforcement agencies must understand with the utmost clarity that police brutality, excessive use of force and lethal force, based on racial profiling and the presumption of guilt based on a person`s colour and not on evidence, are not tolerated. No Hispanic, African-American, or person of color should ever feel uncomfortable talking to a police officer or feeling like they can`t call the police to ask for help or report a crime. . . .