KOB-TV.com - The protest against the Albuquerque Police Department continues. Several hundred people have marched throughout the day between downtown Albuquerque and Nob Hill.
Central is now shutdown eastbound at University. KOB Eyewitness News 4 has learned Albuquerque police officers outfitted in riot gear are on the scene at Central and Girard.
They are protesting what they call APD’s excessive use of force. The protest began peacefully around 12 p.m. on Sunday and escalated throughout the day. Protestors say officers murdered a man in the foothills two weeks ago. James Boyd was killed after a confrontation with police in the foothills on March 16.
This is the second protest in the wake of Boyd’s death. “There has been excessive force lately—in the last couple of years and I think something has to be done,” Protestor Justin Wagner said. “The new police chief is not doing his job. He spoke wrongly two weeks ago by justifying it, before everything was out there.”
Protesters did reach I-25 and Central and briefly shut down the area, but it has been re-opened. More