ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – APD and city officials stressed the same message all day Sunday – that they hoped for a peaceful ending to the protest.
The mayor spoke about this late Sunday night.
With the protest and the marches going on for most of the day and into the evening, how the city responded was a big deal.
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Protesters were not shy about taunting police and testing officers’ patience. It was a very contentious and highly stressful situation.
The Triangle Police Substation in Nob Hill was vandalized and wherever protesters went Sunday, police were not been far behind wearing riot gear and tear gas masks as they tried to keep the crowd under control.
KRQE News 13 was in contact with the mayor’s office and APD throughout the day regarding the response.
They stayed mostly quiet, saying only that they just wanted to see the protests end peacefully. Mayor Richard Berry met with the media around 9 p.m.
“We want people to be able to protest,” Berry said. “Obviously, they have their First Amendment rights to do that. But what it appears we have on our hands now is a small group whose main goal is not to protest, but to put the public and themselves in danger.”
The mayor says at least one officer was injured. He doesn’t have any details regarding what happened or how bad the injuries are.
He says some officers were trapped in their vehicles and spit on.
He and other city officials will monitor the situation throughout the night.