New Rules Imposed to Prevent Public Takeover of City Council Meeting

Thursday, May 8, 2014
By Paul Martin

Albuquerque officials fear repeat of raucous protest, beef security

Paul Joseph Watson
May 8, 2014

Albuquerque City Council leadership have imposed new rules and beefed up security in an attempt to prevent a repeat of extraordinary scenes on Monday when residents protesting against police brutality stormed a city council meeting and forced both councilors and the Albuquerque police chief to flee.

During the demonstration on Monday, protesters took control of the meeting before handing a “people’s arrest warrant” to APD chief Gorden Eden and then occupied councilors’ chairs as officials beat a hasty retreat.

Residents are angered at an epidemic of police violence in recent years, which culminated in the recent killing of 38-year-old homeless man James M. Boyd, who was summarily executed by APD officers for “illegally camping” and arguing with police.

Albuquerque law enforcement officers having been responsible for 40 shootings since 2010, of which 25 were fatalities.

As we reported yesterday, protesters are vowing to replicate the stunt during a rescheduled city council meeting tonight.

In preparation for further disruption, Albuquerque City Council will draft in more police officers and security guards, setting the stage for a potential confrontation and arrests.

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