Calm turned to chaos following Trump rally in Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Several police officers are recovering after being treated for injuries they received Tuesday night during a violent protest.

It all unfolded outside the Convention Center where thousands of people Gathered to hear the presumptive GOP nominee.

At least one person was arrested during Tuesday night’s protest. However, things were much quieter Wednesday morning, with scattered debris being all that remained of Tuesday night’s protest.

“We need to make sure that he knows that we do not accept the message that he’s bringing and the hatred,” said Juan Sanchez of the Democratic Party of New Mexico.

What was supposed to be a peaceful protest Tuesday quickly changed as hundreds of protesters lined the streets outside the Albuquerque Convention Center. Several people at the rally waved Mexican flags, objecting to Trump’s controversial immigration proposals.

When the anti-Trump movement started a march down Central, that’s when things started heating up.

By the time the rally began at 7 p.m., Trump protesters rushed toward the Convention Center entrance.

Police responded in riot gear. At one point, peaceful protesters tried to build a wall between other protesters and police.

But as the night went on, the protesters were able to break through, knocking down barricades. They also threw rocks and bottles at officers and their horses.

As a result, some of the officers had to be treated for injuries.

KRQE News 13 cameras captured people jumping on police cruisers and smashing their windows.

At one point, officers used pepper spray  to get the group to move off the streets.

On Wednesday, the Mayor’s Office released the following statement:

The freedom to support the candidate of your choice and to protest is a sacred first amendment right granted to all Americans. When civil  protests are interrupted by those who turn to violence, we are fortunate to have our first responders there to protect our community and all those who participate in our American democracy.

As a community we send our best wishes to the officers who were injured last night and we thank all who participated peacefully. We will work diligently to hold accountable those few individuals who came to perpetrate violence, endanger others and damage property.

 

It took several hours for the crowd to disperse, but things finally calmed down a little after midnight.

And the protests didn’t’ stop once the rally started inside. Some of those protesters who rushed the entrance to the Convention Center managed to make their way into the Convention Center.

There was also one arrest inside, with many protesters able to get a word in on Donald Trump during his rally. During his speech, Trump was interrupted by several protesters.

KRQE News 13 cameras captured a woman who was shouting as she was dragged down the stairs and out of the venue after making a scene behind Trump. Several others who were holding signs were forced out by police, but not before officers struggled with them.

Trump responded from the stage, “Bring him home to mom. Go home to mommy. He can’t get a date so he’s doing this instead. Troublemakers. They’re all troublemakers.”

Others took to social media, with at least one city council member taking to Facebook to voice concerns.

Councilor Dan Lewis wrote, “The violence that we’re seeing this evening is absolutely unacceptable.”DAN LEWIS TRUMP RALLY COMMENT

At least one person was detained and only one person was arrested as a result of all the protests.

The cell phone video below was submitted to KRQE News 13 via ReportIt!

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