12:13pm

Tue June 3, 2014
Local and State News

Group Stages Sit-In Over Albuquerque Police

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police are arresting about a dozen people staging a sit-in at Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry's office to protest police shootings.

About three dozen people gathered Monday afternoon at Berry's office and demanded to see the mayor. They're seeking more immediate reforms within the police department as well as the firing of Police Chief Gordon Eden.

At one point, a demonstrator chained herself to a display stand as others yelled and some sat silently. A handful of officers monitored the situation while chief administrator Rob Perry recorded the scene on his smartphone.

About a dozen protesters, some reading from a Justice Department report that highlighted excessive force by officers, remained when police arrived and began arresting them.

Monday's demonstration comes as the city negotiates with the federal government over police reforms.