APD support rally held downtown

Updated: 04/06/2014 6:10 PM | Created: 04/06/2014 6:01 PM
By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Protests against the Albuquerque Police Department have been making headlines worldwide.

But Sunday, at least a hundred people showed their support for officers and the department.

Many at the APD support rally say they worry about officer morale.

That is why they want their law enforcement to know they stand behind them.

Those standing on the steps at APD headquarters say they are a far cry from the protesters of the past week.

"If you notice there is no one out here wearing a mask,” supporter Kathy Beard said. “So, the people who are out here today, they're actually proud of what they stand for"

Over 100 people came to support APD officers.

"I think they are out here to protect us and nobody is walking in their shoes,” Beard said. “So, until you walk in their shoes then you really can't judge them."

"We love the men and women who are willing to sacrifice their lives for us to protect us day in and day out,” Angie Thurman said.

The crowd wanted to show APD they still believe in them, despite three recent protests against APD over the foothills shooting death of homeless man James Boyd last month.

Last Sunday, protesters laid down on Interstate 25, there were multiple reports of vandalism and officers used tear gas to control the crowds.

APD supporters agree change is needed and more officer training is required.

But they would rather find a solution using support instead of protest.

"All the criticism they've been getting and the negative publicity, you know people make mistakes, we understand that but we also understand how important APD is in our society," supporter Clay Coleman said.

There will be another pro-APD rally at APD headquarters on Saturday at 10 a.m. 

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