Changes planned for next council meeting following takeover

Created: 05/06/2014 6:45 PM
By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

City Councilors say they have never seen this happen.

“Very disturbed by the protest. I don't think it was appropriate,” Councilman Isaac Benton.

Protesters took over their meeting.

“The word has to be disgusting,” Council Vice President Trudy Jones said, “It’s disgusting.”

The protesters waved signs against APD’s officer involved shootings.

They shouted at councilors demanding the recall of Mayor Richard Berry and the arrest of Police Chief Gorden Eden.

Council President Ken Sanchez ended up adjourning the meeting.

“This is their forum, this is their venue but they need to respect the people who are there,” Sanchez said.

David Correia, an Assistant Professor at UNM, was the one who drafted a citizens arrest warrant for Chief Eden.

“The families of victims and activists decided it’s time to seize our government back,” Correia said.

Councilors argue there were two charter amendments on the agenda that addressed how APD's chief would be selected.

They say protesters stopped a vote from happening.

“City Councilors are upset that we interrupted their meeting and their upset that we didn't follow the rules, and I could understand why they would be upset,” Correia said, “We're upset that the police department is killing people.”

“If things go bad again we won’t be able to get them (charter amendments) on the ballot which everyone passes,” Jones said, “How destructive is that to The City of Albuquerque.”

A special meeting is now set for this Thursday.

Councilman Sanchez says there will not be any public comment unless it relates to specific agenda items.

There will also be penalties for interrupting the meeting.

That could include up to a $500 fine and jail time.

City councilors say the protestors' actions last night could cost the city up to $200,000.

That’s because the interruption kept councilors from voting on bond sales, for various items like the convention center. 

They say bond rates change daily, so next time a vote comes around, they could be different.

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