Live Blog: ABQ City Council meeting

April 7th, 2014 at 5:17 pm by under Latest Posts, Live Events

The Albuquerque City Council meeting regarding the controversy surrounding APD is underway. @ChrisMcKeeTV is live tweeting from there.

  • The crowd has thinned out but public comment continues. This meeting started at
  • Councilor Diane Gibson: “We are listening” — urges crowd to calm down as lots of people are boo’ing, overpowering APD supporters speaking
  • Another APD supporter speaking, Says there are “more honorable officers than not.”
  • Elaine Duran speaking now about support for APD — “we strongly oppose any task force demands.” Garners loud boos from audience.
  • Ellis: “We’ve got a unique opportunity here,” Ellis also acknowledges the DOJ findings will come down on Thursday
  • Kenneth Ellis is now speaking, “we’re all in this together.” “It’s very disturbing to me its taken 4 years of me coming & speaking with you”
  • Man now presenting his support for APD, “I’ve been pulled over by APD and I’m still alive.” Blames NM’s “weak criminal justice system”
  • Speaker puts up image showing his dissatisfaction of Mayor Berry. “The buck stops at the mayor’s desk.”
  • Same person who live streamed APD protest last weekend, Thomas Dixon also live streaming council meeting.
  • At least one person in meeting continuously holding up “I support APD” sign.
  • Four public “presentations” have now finished. Councilors now questioning presenters, then official “public comment” will start.
  • Now speaking: Ralph Arellanes, director of New Mexico LULAC now speaking, making several demands from police oversight task force.
  • @KatherineKRQE will have a live report from council chambers in a couple minutes on @krqeat 5:30. More than 100 have signed up to comment
  • Nicole Moreland speaking now, sister in law of Christopher Torres who was killed in APD shooting years ago. Slammed several city officials.
  • Mayor RJ Berry is not here at tonight’s city council meeting, many in crowd boo’ed at the announcement.
  • ABQ city council has begun. Full house w/ many expected to speak about James Boyd shooting & APD

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