Packed city council meeting expected regarding APD concerns

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Hundreds of people are expected to show up at Monday night’s Albuquerque City Council meeting, demanding changes within APD. The city is taking precautions to make sure everyone stays safe.

In the last few weeks demonstrators have flooded the streets of Albuquerque again and again in protest of APD officer-involved shootings, especially the controversial death of James Boyd. Monday night a large crowd is expected to fill City Council chambers.

“We are probably anticipating 500 to 1000 people, we are not exactly sure what that number will be,” City Council President Ken Sanchez told News 13.

Sanchez says they’ve essentially cleared the agenda, just leaving issues regarding APD and the Police Oversight Commission, to make time for public comment.

The council has two overflow rooms prepared for the crowd, and Sanchez says there is a tactical plan in place in case things turn ugly. More police officers, both in uniform and plain clothing, will be present than at a typical council meeting.

Some of those connected to last weekend’s rowdy protest are encouraging others on Twitter to “pack the City Hall.”
Sanchez says if he feels there’s a safety issue for the public or members of the City Council, he will adjourn the meeting early.

“I would hope that everyone respects the chambers, respects other speakers, and respects the council so we can get through this in a peaceful and meaningful manner,” Sanchez said. “We feel it’s critically important that the public has the opportunity in a safe environment to voice their concerns and give their opinion.”

Public comment is limited to two minutes per person. Sanchez says if necessary, they’ll extend the meeting to run past the 10:30 p.m. cutoff Monday night.

The City Council is also looking at holding a public forum to receive input on the Boyd shooting where comments would not be limited to two minutes.

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