Demonstrators protest hotel in shooting competition

Shooting competition protests

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE)- An Albuquerque hotel is under fire for its involvement in a national shooting competition. Law enforcement from across the country is set to stay at the Crowne Plaza near the Big-I and it’s causing an uproar from some Albuquerque residents. Friday, they took a stand against the hotel. Demonstrators say they wanted to ask the hotel not to have law enforcement participating in the tournament stay there but, when they couldn’t get anyone from the hotel to talk with them, they called the business part of the problem.

“Killer Cop Plaza!”

This group has a new name for the Crowne Plaza at I-40 and University. It’s where officers from across the country will be staying and socializing while they compete in the upcoming, NRA-sponsored, police shooting competition.

“The whole competition, itself, is completely uncalled for. It’s disrespectful to the families of the victims that have been killed, who still have no justice,” says Renee Garcia with ABQ Justice.

The group there, Friday, wanted to make sure the guests staying at the hotel knew that and that the hotel’s employees knew it, too.

“Did you know that you were hosting a police shooting?” one demonstrator asked an employee.

They handed out flyers, chanted in the lobby and scoured the hallways looking for a manger so they could ask the hotel not to be the home base for law enforcement here for the competition.

“It was a very odd reaction. Nobody wanted to say or claim that they were manager on duty. We were told that there was nobody in charge on the premises at this time,” explained Garcia.

Yet, the group did find guests who supported their mission. Though they were eventually asked to leave, the group promised to return.

“We’ll be back! We’ll be back!” they chanted.

The protesters have repeatedly asked the mayor to cancel the competition, saying it’s a slap in the face. The mayor isn’t budging. He says it’s an honor to host the event.

The NRA-sponsored National Police Shooting Championships start next week out at the Double Eagle Range on the West Mesa. The protesters say they plan to be there.

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