Protesters' tone calmed, message remains the same

Created: 06/21/2014 9:33 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Protesters held a peaceful demonstration and they intentionally wanted it just that way, but the message remains very much the same.

Just because the protesters' tone has calmed, their fears haven't. In fact, Sampson Costales worked for the Albuquerque Police Department for 24 years. He says his commanders encouraged him to be violent.

"Just the way they treat people, they sort of encourage it. If you don't act a certain way they sort of chastise you for it," Costales said.

Like most officers, Costales was placed in life or death situations, but says he chose to find alternative solutions.

"They said why didn't you kill them? You had every reason, you had every right to kill them,” Costales said. “Why did you go for the mace instead?”

There were about 300 protesters at the gathering. No one got out of line nor resorted to violence. They hope his new way of spreading their message will help get more community members involved.

The message is ending the culture of aggression. They want APD officers to learn new ways of coping with stressful situations. Ways that don't end in death.

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