The Albuquerque Police Department, which is responsible for numerous shooting deaths, recently sent an undercover police officer into a peaceful protest against the Albuquerque Police Department.
The Albuquerque Police Department has shot 36 people and killed 26 since January 2010.
Activists, family members and friends of people shot by the Albuquerque police peacefully marched on Saturday against police violence (video below).
In a sick twist of irony, the undercover cop had previously shot an Albuquerque, N.M., resident.
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Albuquerque Police Department spokesman Daren DeAguero claimed that the undercover police officer was there to “ensure [the protesters'] safety and the safety of the community.”
In an effort to supposedly protect the protester's safety, the undercover police officer was carrying a camera to take pictures and video.
“I don’t understand how protecting us is infiltrating us,” Sayrah Namaste, a march organizer, told KRQE News 13. “We are peaceful, we were lawful, there was no issue with the people who were marching today so, why were they surveying us? That doesn’t make sense.”
“If the officer who infiltrated us today was someone who shot a member of our community, that officer should not be on the streets… and it’s very insensitive that, instead, he was put into a protest of family members, of people who’ve had family members killed," added Namaste. "That he would be in that group is insensitive, offensive.”
KRQE News 13 admitted that it knows the identity of the undercover police officer, but refused to identify him because it might interfere with the covert spying by the Albuquerque police on law-abiding citizens.
The Albuquerque Police Department has a history of monitoring citizens who exercise their free speech rights.
According to the ACLU, an Albuquerque police officer infiltrated meetings that planned a peaceful protest against the Iraq war.
During the March 23, 2003, protest, Albuquerque police officers reportedly hit people with batons, maced protestors, and shot them with beanbags, tear gas canisters and pepper rounds. After assaulting the crowd, police arrested several demonstrators.
The ACLU filed a lawsuit against the Albuquerque Police Department and stated, "This lawsuit responds to a distinct pattern of grossly negligent and over-aggressive behavior that subjected law-abiding citizens to unnecessary danger and intimidation."