Albuquerque Police Face Hundreds of Protesters

Mar 31, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Hundreds of protesters angry over recent Albuquerque police shootings clashed with riot officers for more than 10 hours, calling on the police chief and other city officials to resign.

Gas canisters were thrown outside police headquarters and at one point protesters trapped police in a vehicle and tried to break its windows. Mayor Richard Berry said Sunday that one officer was injured during the protest.

Bernalillo County sheriff's deputies charging at the protesters late Sunday mostly dispersed the crowds.

Protesters took to the streets in the early afternoon and stayed out late Sunday after authorities declared an unlawful assembly. The outrage bubbled over because of Albuquerque police's involvement in 37 shootings, 23 of them fatal since 2010. Critics say that's far too many for a department serving a city of about 555,000.