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Albuquerque citizen journalist on the front lines in Ferguson, Mo.

Created: 08/17/2014 9:49 PM
By: Danielle Todesco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

People in Ferguson, Missouri are supposed to be off the streets and in their homes in just about an hour. Because of the violent riots and clashes between protestors and police there the curfew was implemented by Missouri's governor Saturday.

All of this started after a Ferguson police officer shot and killed an unarmed African American teen.

Residents here in Albuquerque have had their clashes with APD. And some are drawing comparisons between Albuquerque and Ferguson. But it's important to note, there are also major differences.

There's an Albuquerque man, a citizen journalist, who is out on the front lines in Ferguson. KOB's Danielle Tedesco spoke with him via Skype Sunday about what he's seen and why he's there.

"The last two nights have been pretty hostile," said Albuquerque resident Leo York.

And York is preparing for another wild night in Ferguson, Missouri.

The Albuquerque man created the "Inhabitants of Burque" Facebook page. It's become so popular, he says it's paying his bills and is allowing him to report on one of the biggest news stories in the country right now.

"I'm running around with people from the New York Times, and the Chicago Sun, and the Huffington Post," York told KOB.

He's capturing some incredible images and footage of the violent clashes between police and protestors. York is flooding his Burque page with the frenzy from the front lines of Ferguson.

He says he wanted to go out there to see their riots compared to Albuquerque's.

"These people are definitely way more committed," said York. "You had the one riot and then Albuquerque was kind of like, I think I'm just going to go get some burritos."

York says the people of Ferguson clearly want change and they're not giving up until they get it.

Meanwhile, back in Albuquerque, many are also frustrated with the Albuquerque Police Department. He says it will be interesting to see what the people of Albuquerque do in the years to come.

"When Albuquerque gets tired of it, the day will come," York said.

York is unsure of when he'll come back to Albuquerque. He says he doesn't want to miss any of the action.     


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