12-hour APD protest ends at midnight

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The last group from Sunday’s protest against Albuquerque police gathered at Fourth Street and Central around 11 p.m. on Sunday. The crowd of about 50 voiced their own opinion of APD by shouting profanity including “f” the police as cars drove through Central. The group came to the area from APD headquarters where they had been tear gassed earlier.

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Albuquerque police kept their distance from the crowd a block away at Fifth Street and Central.

Some protesters said they were there carrying on the message from earlier in the day, however many said they joined in because they just happened to be in the area. As quickly as the crowd gathered, they left just after midnight.

“I think protest is a very strong message,” says observer Michaela Dolly. “But it’s kind of unorganized at this point, I think everyone needs to kind of be on the same page in order for it to be effective.”

The crowd from Fourth Street and Central Avenue did leave on their own without any request from police or businesses in the area. There was no word on the group popping up anywhere else downtown.

Albuquerque Police tells News 13 they tell us they will be out early on Monday cleaning up graffiti and vandalism left behind by the protesters.

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