Tea Party and gun nuts take note — there are other ways to protest beyond shoving your toys in everyone’s face. The people of Albuquerque, New Mexico, showed just how it’s done Monday, when they took over a City Council meeting to demand the resignation of the police chief and city mayor.
The meeting began normally, but quickly spiraled into something spectacular. The crowd, protesting the police chief and police violence, quickly took control and drove the city councilmen and women out of the chamber. Once the city officials were gone, the protestors took over the council seats, and even attempted to serve Police Chief Eden Gordon with a citizens arrest warrant.
The protestors lined up with megaphones, not guns; signs, not bullets, to remind the police and the city council that they were the constituents and that they shouldn’t have to live in fear of the police. The meeting followed a 10-hour violent protest regarding the fatal shootings in the city, the most recent one, caught on video, was of a homeless camper.
Nobody was arrested, including Police Chief Gordon, who left without acknowledging the citizen’s arrest warrant. It took a half hour to get things under control, and the city council said they would reconvene on Thursday to discuss removing the mayor’s power to appoint police chiefs.
Police Chief Gordon said on Monday that:
[box type=”shadow”]We understand there are those in our community who have expressed concerns about APD issues related to the Department of Justice report. We are working hard to make proactive improvements now and in conjunction with DOJ recommendations. While we welcome constructive discussions, we do not believe disruption of tonight’s city council meeting was a productive way to meet those goals.[/box]
You can watch the KQRE 13 report below: