The Albuquerque City Council meeting was recently taken over by protesters who served a citizens arrest warrant on Albuquerque City Police Chief Gordon Eden and asked for both the Albuquerque police chief and the Albuquerque mayor’s resignations.
The police chief suddenly bolted from the meeting, and the meeting was shut down after less than 15 minutes. The citizens of Albuquerque have clearly had enough of the mayor and the police chief acting as if they are above the law.
The message was crystal clear, the protesters told council that the meeting had been taken over by the people and that they all worked for the people. The level of protest has been steadily increasing after APD killed 3 citizens in less than 5 weeks and the Department of Justice released a scathing report on the APD and their policies, along with the conduct of officers.
A spokeswoman for the APD issued a statement on the department and the chief’s behalf that said:
“We understand there are those in our community who have expressed concerns about APD issues related to the Department of Justice report. 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.”
Even though it turned into a chaotic scene, nobody was arrested for their actions.