Professor charged with felony following APD protest

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The 13 protestors arrested Monday night after taking over the mayor’s office are all out of jail, but the trouble for one of them may be just beginning.

The UNM professor who led the charge was charged with a felony.

That professor is David Correia and lately he’s been in the public’s eye a lot, including an appearance at the City Council meeting protest that shut down the chambers last month.

He’s out of jail now after posting a $5,000 bond.

Correia, an assistant professor of American studies, is charged with battery on a peace officer.

A criminal complaint says Correia and the group of protestors made their way up to the 11th floor of City Hall when they were met by an Albuquerque police officer.

The complaint says Correia eventually made his way to the front with his hands in the air and pushed his way through and chest bumped the officer, causing the officer to lose his balance.

Police say that allowed the crowd inside a secured area.

One woman even chained herself to an art display.

Twelve people were arrested on charges including unlawful assembly – interference with members of the public, and criminal trespassing. Correia, the 13th person arrested, was charged with battery on a peace officer.

Monday night’s City Council meeting was canceled.

With City Hall on lockdown, Council President Ken Sanchez says that would have violated the open meetings act.

“In City Hall and across the city, the emotions are very high. There are a lot of people in our community that are upset with the Albuquerque Police Department. The Department of Justice is here. People need to be patient,” Sanchez said.

UNM is expected to release a statement concerning Correia’s arrest and his job status.

Many people called into the radio stations Tuesday morning frustrated with the protesters, saying they’re doing nothing to help the cause and are instead hurting it.

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