ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – It’s been a tumultuous few weeks for Albuquerque Police, from the protests, to the Department of Justice report. Now police say someone is making death threats against officers, and they’re popping up all over the city, on light poles and in the newspaper.
Several people who get their newspaper from stands along Central Avenue near the University of New Mexico Campus said they found flyers stuffed inside copies of the Albuquerque Journal, that state, “save a life, kill a cop.”
Albuquerque Journal news stands have been riddled with the propaganda since Friday.
“That’s terrible,” said Paul Thompson, a UNM Student.
“I can’t believe people would do that,” said Nina Martinez, a UNM Student.
“I personally don’t think that that’s right, because not every cop is a bad cop,” said Susie Zapata, a CNM Student.
The consensus with people that KRQE News 13 spoke with was that the flyers go too far. They were found stuffed inside some stands along Central near UNM campus, posted on some light poles, even delivered to at least one cop’s home.
“I don’t feel safe with people saying stuff like that because it kind of promotes more violence, and I feel like its not the right way of going about peace,” said Thompson.
Officials at the Journal told KRQE News 13 they’re treating this as vandalism of their property. They had people checking stands over the weekend and on Monday, to make sure no more flyers made their way into the paper.
Much of the outrage started when officers shot and killed homeless camper James Boyd in the foothills nearly a month ago.
And last week, the feds hammered the department for using excessive force.
Passionate protestors and supporters have been vocal, but the message in the flyers send a different message. “So they’re saying that violence is bad, but yet they want to kill back, it just doesn’t make sense,” said Martinez.
“It’s all negativity,” said Thompson. “It’s not the right message to be showing, people should be going about it in a more peaceful way, instead of forcing their violent views on other people.”
Officials at the Journal and police told KRQE News 13 they’re not sure who is behind the flyers, but the Journal says it’s looking into it. The flyers are not affiliated with the newspaper.
Police didn’t want to comment on the case, saying they can’t address specific threats on officers.