Grace Reader & KOB Web Staff
Updated: August 02, 2020 10:19 PM
Created: August 02, 2020 05:09 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Demonstrators marched to Albuquerque's Civic Plaza to protest Operation Legend, a federal program that targets violent crime. This is the second large-scale protest that has been organized in opposition to the president sending federal agents to Albuquerque.
President Trump picked Albuquerque for the operation due to the city's crime rate, but protesters said they fear the presence of more federal agents will elevate tensions with communities of color and local law enforcement.
Stay with KOB Eyewitness News 4 and KOB.com for more protest updates.
8:30 p.m. - The crowd is dispersing. The protest is over.
8:05 p.m.- Protesters make their way back to Civic Plaza to wrap things up.
7:49 p.m- The group pauses to take a knee to honor JB White, an 18-year-old basketball player from Santa Fe who was shot and killed Saturday morning.
7:27 p.m. -A group of mothers in yellow create a 'Wall of Moms" on the fringes of the group while organizers lead chants at the roundabout.
7:25 p.m. - The group makes a stop at the roundabout on 8th and Central
7:18 p.m. - Protesters make their way westbound on Central
6:12 p.m. - Weather conditions start to intensify, but protesters are staying put.
6:03 p.m. - Protesters make their way to Civic Plaza. Police officers stand on the outskirts.
5:57 p.m.- Protesters start to gather on the corner of Marquette Ave. and 6th
4:37 p.m. - City officials make preparations for the protest by blocking off roads surrounding Civic Plaza. Both marked and unmarked police vehicles are seen parked around the plaza.
The City of Albuquerque has Civic Plaza and many of the streets surrounding it blocked off right now. Even parts of Lomas are shut down in preparation for tonight’s protest. It starts at 6 but we’re live at 5 on @KOB4 to explain what the protest is about. pic.twitter.com/0MPKQzlQc9— Grace Reader (@GraceReaderTV) August 2, 2020
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