Police: Part of APD protest video recorded accidentally

Man at APD protest

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Weeks after KRQE News 13 exposed an undercover Albuquerque police officer videotaping an APD protest, the department says a portion of that video was filmed on accident.

It happened when hundreds of people demonstrated against police violence at Roosevelt Park.

On Thursday, APD released about five and half minutes of video.

It begins with a man who gets unruly with protestors but then the video focuses on Kenneth Ellis, even while the unruly man is yelling off camera.

Ellis is the father of a man fatally shot by APD in 2010. He’s also been a vocal critic of APD.

APD said the Ellis recording was done inadvertently because the officer had turned his attention to the unruly man.

They said it is the only video taken at the event, but KRQE News 13 reporters saw an undercover officer with his camera pointed at protesters at other times.

It’s not clear if the officer was recording during those moments.

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