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APD protest brings out hundreds

Updated: 03/30/2014 11:37 PM | Created: 03/30/2014 12:50 PM
By: Jeffery Gordon, KOB.com; Caleb James and Mike Anderson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The protest against the Albuquerque Police Department continued throughout the night on Sunday.

Several hundred people marched throughout the day between downtown Albuquerque and Nob Hill.

Eastbound Central and University was shut down for several hours. 

KOB Eyewitness News 4 learned law enforcement officers outfitted in riot gear were on the scene at Central and Girard.

APD, BCSO, NMSP and RRPD SWAT teams were all on the scene.

Tear gas was deployed against the protesters. 

Protesters did start to scatter away from Nob Hill after the tear gas was deployed.

Protesters then began to make their way back downtown toward APD headquarters. 

According to Mayor Richard Berry, one APD officer was hurt. 

Berry also says he has been with APD Chief Gorden Eden since around 3:30 p.m. on Sunday and has been monitoring the situation. 

People are protesting what they call APD’s excessive use of force.

The protest began peacefully around 12 p.m. and escalated throughout the day.

Protesters say officers murdered a man in the foothills two weeks ago.

James Boyd was killed after a confrontation with police in the foothills on March 16.

This is the second protest in the wake of Boyd’s death. 

“There has been excessive force lately—in the last couple of years and I think something has to be done,” Protestor Justin Wagner said. “The new police chief is not doing his job. He spoke wrongly two weeks ago by justifying it, before everything was out there.”

Protesters climbed on top of everything from lightpoles to a Nob Hill police sub station.

Vandalism was also seen throughout the area. 

Protesters also tried to overtake I-25 and Central, but the area was quickly cleared. 

Stay with KOB Eyewitness News 4 and KOB.com for more information on this developing story. 


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