7 protesters escorted out of council meeting

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Albuquerque city council said they were not going to take any unruly behavior, and Thursday night they didn’t.

The scene at Thursday’s meeting was different from the one on Monday, but still some public speakers left a silent message behind.

New rules were put into place after Monday’s meeting was stopped when protesters upset over recent police killings commandeered the council chambers.

The rules included no signs or props, only one person at the podium for two minutes at a time and no outbursts or interruptions.

There were also about a dozen guards inside and outside the meeting.

When protesters tried the same move of standing silent at the podium with their backs to the council they were escorted out of the meeting. In all, city officials say seven people were escorted out of the meeting and five of those people were issued notices of criminal trespass by security ordering them to not return to the city council within 90 days.

“We were then detained by the police officers in a room and cited, given a citation of criminal trespassing we were told if we returned to participate in the democratic process of city council meetings within 90 days we will be jailed immediately,” protester Bill Bradley said.

Chief Gordon Eden was notably absent until about p.m., when he walked in with APD brass.

The meeting lasted well into Thursday night.

As for the rules, they are all temporary. The council will discuss permanent rules at their May 19th meeting.

Councilors discussed the proposal they were looking at Monday night before protesters took over the chambers. It calls for city council to confirm a mayor’s choice for police chief, something the mayor opposes.

No vote was taken.

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