ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Advocates who organized an anti-Donald Trump protest in Albuquerque say police were conducting a “witch hunt” by going after young demonstrators accused of throwing rocks at officers.
Activists say peaceful protesters have been unfairly targeted by Albuquerque police who announced last week they were searching for suspects connected to a demonstration that turned violent. However, advocates say much of the protest outside of the presumptive GOP presidential nominee’s Albuquerque rally was peaceful.
Some advocates have set up a legal fund for protesters arrested in connection with the Albuquerque riot that caused thousands of dollars in damage. Police say two men and a teenager were arrested last week.
Authorities have said around 30 people out of roughly 1,000 protesters were responsible for the violence outside the May 24 rally.