KOB Web Staff
Updated: May 29, 2020 05:31 PM
Created: May 29, 2020 12:32 AM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- Dozens of protesters gathered in southeast Albuquerque late Thursday night, prompting a standoff with police.
Most of the activity was in the area of Central and Mesilla.
At one point, a line of officers blocked a street as protesters shouted "I can't breathe," in reference to the death of George Floyd. He died after a Minnesota officer dug his knee into Floyd's neck.
Many of the protesters began to leave the area around 12:30 a.m.
Police said four people were taken into custody after receiving a report about shots being fired from a vehicle in the area of Central and Wisconsin. The individuals include three juveniles, and an adult, according to police.
Police said that when the individuals were detained, several people started converging on the scene and some "started getting aggressive." APD said windows of their police vehicles were broken. To break up the crowd, APD used their helicopter and chemical munitions.
"I want to commend our officers," said Deputy Chief Harold Medina. "They went out there, they were faced by individuals who were attacking their police cars with bats. They were able to deescalate the situation."
Crime scene investigators reported 33 shots fired in the area.
Officers continue to monitor the area of Mesilla and Central following protests in the area. Earlier, police responded to several shots fired from a vehicle along Wisconsin and Central. Four individuals were taken into custody.— Albuquerque Police Department (@ABQPOLICE) May 29, 2020
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