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Council protesters tell their stories

Updated: 05/07/2014 10:22 PM | Created: 05/07/2014 10:20 PM
By: Caleb James, KOB Eyewitness News 4

It's a very different side of some often angry looking faces, and outspoken voices.

Many of the protesters who disrupted a city council meeting in Albuquerque Monday night are people often seen participating in other police protests.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 talked to three of those familiar faces on Wednesday.

"I was a single father," said Mike Gomez. "I was their mother, and their father."

Gomez lost his son Alan to an APD shooting.

"You can't describe what it feels like," he said.

He knows most people can't, and won't understand.

"Unfortunately you have to be part of this lost loved ones club, I call it," he said.

Gomez and his friends Mary Jobe and Nora Anaya are members of his growing "lost loved ones club."

"It's a club we don't want anyone to be in, that's why we do what we do," said Gomez.

Anaya's nephew was killed by APD over 20 years ago.

Most people know her by her loud chants, and signature bullhorn.

"I want people to know I'm generally very diplomatic," Anaya smiled. "I am."

Anaya knows she looks angry when she protests, but she says angry probably isn't the best word for the way she feels.

Frustrated, maybe.

"I think what it is, is like, not having anyone really wake up," she said.

Anaya, Gomez and Jobe also know people think they do what they do for the attention.

They say those people are probably right.

"Everybody's got their own lives," said Gomez. "Everybody lives in their own little tunnel. For them to look out of that tunnel, that's our goal."

Being loud is how the lost loved ones club asks everyone to pay attention as APD is reformed. 

"At first I was angry at them," said Jobe. "All of them."

Jobe's husband was shot by APD two years ago.

She said she replaced anger with a purpose.

That's why she protests.

"Until they're in the situation I'm in, they're never going to understand what I'm doing or why I'm doing it," said Jobe.

All three of the familiar faces say they are not anti-cop -- in fact, in many ways they're right there with the men and women who serve.

They say it's leadership, culture, and policies that they hope to see change.


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