Protesters Against Police Violence Converge on ABQ City Council

Sam Markwell’s writing and my photos of last night’s City Council meeting.

La Jicarita

Photos by NICK ESTES

Article by SAM MARKWELL

Wednesday's City Council meeting, the first since the release of the video footage of the APD killing of James Boyd, was devoted entirely to critics of APD. The meeting drew a capacity crowd of over a 150 people, with an overflow crowd outside. Wednesday’s City Council meeting, the first since the release of the video footage of the APD killing of James Boyd, was devoted entirely to critics of APD. The meeting drew a capacity crowd of over a 150 people, with an overflow crowd outside.

City Council President Ken Sanchez presided over the meeting and the public hearing about the recent the most recent spate of police violence, stemming from APD's killing of James Boyd and Alfred Redwine and response to recent protests against the department City Council President Ken Sanchez presided over the public hearing about the most recent spate of police violence stemming from APD’s killing of James Boyd and Alfred Redwine and response to recent protests against the department.

Protesters held banners against police violence and pictures of APD's victims. Protesters held banners against police violence and pictures of APD’s victims.

Members of the various organizations that have worked on bringing demands to the City Council about APD violence in the past sat amidst in the middle of the City Council chambers. Members of the various organizations that have worked on bringing demands to the City Council about APD violence in the past sat in the middle of the City Council chambers.

A black coffin with the names and pictures of the 23 people killed by APD since 2010 laid at the feet of the councilors as the listened to public testimony. A black coffin with the names and pictures of the 23 people killed by APD since 2010 lay at the feet of…

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