Local Ferguson protest takes over Central Avenue

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) — Hundreds of people took over Albuquerque streets to protest the decision not to charge the officer in the Ferguson police shooting and to protest police shootings here.

It all started at 6:00 p.m. at Central and San Mateo. Only a few dozen people were there at first, but by 6:30, the crowd grew. That’s when police decided to close the intersection as protesters started approaching cars and blocking traffic.

“I think it’s going to send a message that citizens are tired of police violence, living in a police state,” said protester Carolyn Pinkins.

Protesters started to march down Central toward the University of New Mexico where protesters stopped and sat down in the street. Some protesters surrounded and kicked a vehicle that tried to make its way through that intersection.

When they started to march back toward San Mateo, KRQE News 13 watched as some of the protesters shouted obscenities at State Police in riot gear, spat on some of them, and pushed against their shields. Officers stood silently.

Some people criticized how the protesters acted.

“If you want to sympathy, you don’t gain it by pissing off everyone around you,” said Michael Herndon, who got caught in the middle of the protests. “There may be medical emergencies, there may be all kinds of things. But in proving your point, you are losing.”

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