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Friday, May 27, 2016

Albuquerque, New Mexico Police Dept. is operating under new plan for handling large crowds which is approved by a court-appointed monitor overseeing police reforms-Albuquerque Journal

Albuquerque violent and property crime rates are twice the national average.

May 26, 2016, "
ABQ police seeking tips about 30 violent 'thugs' at anti-Trump rally," The Albuquerque Journal, Dan McKay, Albuquerque, NM  

"As for the protest, (Albuquerque Mayor) Berry said the Police Department operated under a new plan--approved by a court-appointed monitor overseeing police reforms--for handling large crowds. About 300 officers and public safety personnel were on scene, Eden said, including State Police and other agencies....

In a news conference Thursday, Berry and Albuquerque’s police chief, Gorden Eden...said protesters threw rocks, urine bombs, sharpened objects and molotov-cocktail-like devices at officers, and police heard seven shots fired near Third and Gold.

“It sounded like a rainstorm,” Eden said, “but that rainstorm was actually rocks hitting our officers, our horses and people who were also attending the event.”

About six officers were treated for injuries to their face, nose, legs and arms, he said.

Thrown objects also struck police horses, Eden said, and one witness said someone punched a horse in the nose. One horse had leg abrasions after falling down, but he’s OK, the chief said....

About 8,000 people attended a Trump rally inside the Albuquerque Convention Center on Tuesday (5/24)."...


Crime rate source: Albuquerque "is struggling with violent-crime and property-crime rates that are nearly twice the national average."

May 25, 2016, "Authorities: Unruly group instigated violence at Trump rally," AP, Russell Contreras

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.-"A day after a riot erupted outside a Donald Trump rally, Albuquerque officials blamed the downtown melee not on impassioned politics but on an unruly group intent on creating chaos in a city that has seen more than its share of violence.
Some participants openly admitted that they set out to cause disruption. Many in the crowd were seen with gang tattoos and at one point chanted to Trump supporters that they controlled the streets.

"I woke up all hung over and stuff," said Chelsea Rae Gray, a 24-year-old musician. "And then I said, 'Let's see what kind of chaos we can get into.'" She said she came to the protest in her pajamas and stole some Trump T-shirts from vendors during the confusion. "Then I burned them," she said.

Cleanup crews spent Wednesday clearing away broken glass and charred debris in the largest city in the nation's largest Hispanic state. The mayor and police were tallying up the damage that spread to several blocks near historic Route 66....

Demonstrators stomped on patrol cars and shattered windows with rocks, authorities said.

Six officers were hurt after being hit with fist-sized rocks. They were treated at the scene, a police spokeswoman said.

"It was a riot that was the result of a mob trying to cause damage and injury to public property and innocent citizens exercising their constitutional right to peaceably assemble," City Council member Dan Lewis said.

The protest originally organized by advocacy groups known for nonviolent tactics began with demonstrators gathering across the street from the rally at the Albuquerque Convention Center. They had a voter-registration booth, and some activists brought children who waved anti-Trump signs at pro-Trump people making their way to listen to the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. Others waved Mexican and American flags. One held a Trump piñata.

Just as Trump's evening speech was to begin, some protesters tossed water bottles at Trump supporters, even hitting Dereck Scott, a 37-year-old man in a wheelchair. "I have the right to support who I want," said Scott, whose head was red where he got hit. He did not require medical treatment. 

By nightfall, the family atmosphere gave way to protesters with tattoos of the Sureños 13 gang, a loosely organized collection of Latino gangs that pay tribute to the Mexican mafia.

The protesters eventually charged the convention center doors just as people from the Trump rally were being directed to leave through a detour. Some of them warned rally attendees to be careful since the gang "ran these streets."
As police tried to move the crowd away, officers ducked rocks and burning shirts and then used smoke canisters and pepper spray to move the demonstrators.

From block to block, shirtless men with sticks and other weapons roamed nearby streets until police pushed the crowd out of downtown....

The riot came as Albuquerque is trying to make law-enforcement reforms ordered by the Justice Department, and is struggling with violent-crime and property-crime rates that are nearly twice the national average.

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry said the city was thankful for first responders who protected residents...."We will work diligently to hold accountable those few individuals who came to perpetrate violence, endanger others and damage property," Berry said."



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