ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – City councilors say the unrest that unfolded at Monday’s city council meeting won’t happen again.
Wednesday afternoon councilors announced new rules cracking down on unruly behavior in the chambers.
Protesters upset with the Albuquerque Police Department took over Monday, causing the meeting to be adjourned early. Councilors scheduled a make-up meeting for Thursday and anyone who attends will have to follow some strict rules.
“If they are disrupting a meeting, I will warn them the first time,” Sanchez said. “A second time, I will ask them to leave. A third time, I will ask security escort these individuals out of the building.”
The changes come after the outrage sparked by UNM Assistant Professor David Correia, who called for a citizen’s arrest of Police Chief Gorden Eden.
Council President Ken Sanchez says when the chaos started, an additional 50 people who signed up to speak didn’t get the chance to do so.
Under council rules, any interruption could be considered a misdemeanor and Sanchez says he’ll enforce that.
The council will also be kicking people out if they act up and won’t allow signs, props and other media unless they can be displayed on the overhead projector.
Only one person will be allowed at the podium at a time and a two-minute time limit for comment will be strictly enforced.
“I know it’s a very emotional and touching issue, but again you’ve got to respect these council chambers if not they will not have an opportunity to speak,” Sanchez said.
Sanchez says everyone at Monday’s meeting is invited back.
Tuesday, Correia told News 13 he and his group don’t plan on protesting.
These new rules are all temporary and the council will discuss permanent rules at their May 19th meeting.
Sanchez says Monday’s meeting delay could be costly to the city. He says taxpayers will take a $130,000 hit because of the delay of a municipal bond approval.