ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) -Hundreds packed the steps of the Albuquerque Police Department to show their support.
Sunday’s rally comes on the heels of a number of demonstrations against the department, protesting the officer involved shooting of a homeless man in the northeast foothills.
The group started gathering before noon at APD headquarters.
Some brought homemade signs, thanking APD.
Others picked up “I Support Albuquerque Police” signs and stickers at the rally.
Supporters KRQE News 13 spoke to say they were there to show APD they’re behind them, especially with the negative publicity the department’s been getting in recent weeks.
Some people at the rally acknowledge imperfections within the Albuquerque police but say people shouldn’t hold it against the department as a whole.
Supporters say officers put their life on the line every day for the public and they should be respected and appreciated for what they do.
“When you put the uniform on, the gun and the badge and you go out to work, there’s a great possibility you may not come home that night,” Greg Avila, retired APD officer said.
“Law enforcement is often a thankless job,” Carolyn Romero, an APD supporter said. “They do so much to keep us safe, I just felt it was important that they know that even with all this negative publicity, there are still those around who know that they’re outstanding men and women.”
Leaders of the Blue Knights, a law enforcement motorcycle club, say they arranged a ride in to the rally. Also, close to 100 riders turned out from a number of different biker groups.
Two counter protesters showed up in opposition to the support rally but, there was no interaction between the two groups.
APD supporters are calling for another rally on April 12th.