ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The video of Albuquerque police officers fatally shooting a homeless man has put the city and APD in the national spotlight. An event that has led to some out-of-towners to say they plan on staying away.
That includes Greg Arthur from Wisconsin.
“When I saw this my first reaction was this man just got murdered,” Arthur said.
Arthur said he’s now re-thinking his retirement plans.
“I was going to come down and was thinking of living in Albuquerque,” Arthur said.” I’m retiring next year, with my wife, sell the home, warmer climate and I’m afraid to come down there now.”
On websites like Reddit.com there’s comment after comment from people saying they plan to avoid Albuquerque. One comment read “well, I know where not to move.”
Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce President Terri Cole said she’s heard from worried tourists and business owners.
“The emails received this morning from people who want to retire here, another is from someone who wanted to visit here, another was considering starting a business here,” Cole said. “All the individuals emailing us have expressed concern about visiting, about living here after they viewed the video.”
One man emailed KRQE and said “I will not be visiting this city with my dollars. I will discourage anyone from vacationing this city and state. Thug cops who gun down helpless people do not not appeal to me!”
Arthur said he and his wife feel the same way.
“When she saw that video, she said we’re not leaving,” Arthur said. “She’d rather stay here in the cold instead of going someplace where, she’s afraid, we’re all afraid of the police,”
The Chamber of Commerce said it’s responding to those emails. It’s telling people it’s concerned too but that the mayor appears to be working to find out what happened and making sure it doesn’t happen again.