Protesters in Albuquerque, New Mexico swarmed a city council meeting holding signs and fake arrest warrants while demanding that Albuquerque Police Department Chief Gorden Eden be taken under a citizens arrest for a string of recent incidents in which people have been shot and killed by officers.
The meeting quickly got out of control, and eventually, Chief Eden and other members of the council left the building.
“This is no longer your meeting, this is the people’s meeting,” said protester David Correia. “This is democracy in action!”
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“We now serve a people’s warrant for arrest on Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden!” shouted Correia as the protesters threw the fake arrest warrants into the air. “He is charged with accessory!”
Despite the protesters’ attempts to arrest the police chief, he and council members got up and left the building.
City Council President Ken Sanchez attempted to calm the protesters down so that they could discuss the matter peacefully, but when they refused to be silent, he decided to end the meeting.
"We have no control of this meeting, this meeting is official adjourned,” said Sanchez. “They’ve got some serious problems that need to be addressed, but we can’t address them by not conducting city business.”
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Following the protest, Chief Eden released a statement, saying that the department will be working to address the issues at hand.
“We understand there are those in our community who have expressed concerns about APD issues related to the Department of Justice report,” said Chief Eden. “We are working hard to make proactive improvements now and in conjunction with DOJ recommendations. While we welcome constructive discussions, we do not believe disruption of tonight’s city council meeting was a productive way to meet those goals.”
Since 2010, Albuquerque police have reportedly killed 25 people, most recently Armand Martin.