Sunday's protest crowd changed by nightfall

Updated: 03/31/2014 10:11 PM | Created: 03/31/2014 6:39 PM
By: Chris Ramirez, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The group of protesters Sunday seen blocking interstate traffic, vandalizing a police sub-station, pulling out weapons, and climbing onto traffic lights was a very different crowd than the one who began a peaceful march. 

By 9 p.m., Downtown Albuquerque looked like a scene from Baghdad.  Police looked more like military troops than peacekeepers and at least twice used tear gas to disperse a rowdy crowd.

By the end of protest, APD arrested six people, charging them with disorderly conduct, none older than 24, none with any significant criminal history. 

According to the Metropolitan Detention Center website, those six are Casey Baker, 20; Jason Lopez, 18; Gerardo Martinez, 20; Michael Moreno-Ulibarri, 20; Jaime Newcomm, 24; and Andrew Raush, 24. 

According to APD Chief Gorden Eden, two arrests are from a separate incident, but MDC records show the two were arrested in the same area around the same time as the four others.

The protestors who marched during nightfall were generally young and did not carry banners and signs demanding change at APD.  That scene after nightfall was significantly different compared to hours before when families, children, and community activists were marching and chanting for a cause, banners in hand. 

The marchers who started the protest had a different tone and vibe and their message was clear.  Somehow, as the march progressed into nightfall, the demographic and behavior of the crowd made a turn for the worse. 

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