ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Summer break is over for Albuquerque city councilors and when they return Monday night they’ll see something new. Crews put up a wall Monday between the audience and city councilors seats.
When asked if the new addition is in response to the chaotic demonstrations they’ve seen recently, Council President Ken Sanchez says the wall has nothing to do with the protest.
In May, protesters angry over APD and officer-involved shootings took over a city council meeting. At one point, they even sat in the councilors’ seats.
Sanchez said it’s one of the many upgrades that have been long overdue.
“We’ve been looking at making these changes for years,” Sanchez said. “We’ve just never had the resources or the money to get it done. A lot of the money was carried over from the council budget that was not used last year.”
Sanchez said there has not been any backlash from anyone about the wall.
Other improvements have also been added, including better wheelchair accessibility and a TV screen outside the chambers to accommodate anyone who has to stand outside during the meetings.