Albuquerque Police Face Hundreds Of Protesters Over Deadly Shootings

Source: Russell Contreras / AP / USA Today

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — A protest over deadly police shootings turned from peaceful into “mayhem,” Albuquerque’s mayor said late Sunday, as officers in riot gear clashed with demonstrators.

People are angry over Albuquerque police’s involvement in 37 shootings, 23 of them fatal since 2010. Critics say that’s far too many for a department serving a city of about 555,000.

The U.S. Justice Department has been investigating the department for more than a year, looking into complaints of civil rights violations and allegations of excessive use of force.

Alexander Siderits, 23, said he was participating because he was “fed up” with how police treat citizens. “It has reached a boiling point, and people just can’t take it anymore,” he said.

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  • michaelmdb

    Did theThug cops shoot the last guy in the in the video or were too many people watching ?

  • Mary Fehr

    37 shootings since 2010? You should go back before 2010…I remember there were quite a few more before that.