Megan Abundis & Joy Wang
Updated: June 02, 2020 03:38 PM
Created: June 01, 2020 09:42 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Black Lives Matter protests continued in Albuquerque for the third night in a row.
Hundreds of drenched demonstrators gathered at the UNM student bookstore Monday evening as rain fell in sheets.
BLM organizer Frankie Grady said the event would continue rain or shine.
“We plan on marching down Central again regardless of the weather. We just want to be heard and rain ain't going to stop us,” Grady said.
Protesters began by marching up and down Central Avenue before cutting through UNM’s campus toward Lomas. Then, they turned around and marched back toward Central.
“While this is a movement that started in Minneapolis, we got a lot of problems right here in Albuquerque that were just kind of swept under the rug. Young people feel marginalized, and we just want to bring voice to those people,” Grady said.
As far as police reform, Grady said it's not enough and that it doesn't align with what African Americans need. He wants to see African American involvement in police oversight.
Law enforcement blocked ramps to I-25 near Central in both directions to prevent people and cars from getting on. Cars were seen traveling in one direction down Central behind a line of protesters.
Protests across the nation were prompted by the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was killed while being taken into custody by Minneapolis police.
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