Silent demonstrators will sue over citation

Silent protester is escorted out of City Council meeting Thursday.

(ALBUQUERQUE) KRQE – Silent demonstrators cited at Thursday’s city council meeting met with the American Civil Liberties Union lawyers Monday getting ready to file a free speech lawsuit.

Protestors sparked security to move in and escort them out at the meeting last week because they refused to say anything during public comment.

City Council President Ken Sanchez asked that security remove the protestors following rules he set. Councilors adopted stricter rules on public comments after a rowdy meeting earlier in the week after protestors, angry over Albuquerque Police Departments deadly shootings took over Monday’s city meeting.

Changes included increased security and no outbursts.

Protest organizer David Correia says he and three others were cited and banned from city hall for 90 days. They plan to sue saying the new rules during council limit free speech. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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