Protesters push mayor to call off shooting competition

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A shooting competition set to land in Albuquerque is drawing some major heat. People are demanding Mayor Richard J. Berry put an end to it, given the fact his police department is involved. The competition? It’s the National Rifle Association’s Police Shooting Competition.

Families upset with police violence say it’s a slap in the face. They gathered at City Hall Wednesday afternoon where they spoke out and tried to deliver the mayor a letter.

Once they made it up to the 11th floor, they were met by security and couldn’t get through the doors near the elevators. They were told the mayor wasn’t in and that his office was currently closed.

That competition is set to come to the Duke City mid-September.

Many of those protesters have been affected by officer-involved shootings in the city. They say the competition is insult to them and everyone else.

The event, which is sponsored by the National Rifle Association, pits police officers, buth public and private, in various challenges over the course of a few days.

The competition includes both individual and team exercises.

Mike Gomez, whose son was killed by APD officer Sean Wallace in 2011, was outraged when he saw Wallace’s name on the roster. Wallace was signed up as of August 11th but when KRQE News 13 called police, a spokesperson said Wallace was no longer signed up for the competition.

That, though, doesn’t matter to Gomez.

“Just the fact that they want him in there, even if he’s not in there, just the fact that he was on the roster and they wanted him in there, that tells me the mentality hasn’t changed,” Gomez said.

News 13 reached out to the mayor’s office before all of this. A spokesperson said they welcome the opportunity to host law enforcement professionals and thank them for their service.

Protesters say on the first day of the competition, September 13th, they will caravan from the K-Mart at I-40 and Carlisle out to Double Eagle shooting range in an attempt to shut it down.

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