ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Protesters were certainly not shy about taunting police and testing officers’ patience Sunday as police and city leaders pushed for a peaceful ending to the protest.
Video from one protester shows a confrontation with one police officer.
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The Triangle Police Substation in Nob Hill at Dartmouth and Central was vandalized and wherever protesters showed up, police weren’t far behind.
Many officers were wearing riot gear and tear gas masks as they tried to keep the crowd under control.
Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry said last night a 10-hour protest over recent police shootings has turned from peaceful into “mayhem,” as officers in riot gear clashed with protesters, “We want people to be able to protest. 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.”
Mayor Berry also says at least one officer was hurt and it is unknown how the officer got hurt or how bad the injuries are. Some officers were trapped in their patrol cars and some were even spit on.