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8:52 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Arrested Protesters To Picket Albuquerque City Council

Demonstrators arrested for staging a sit-in at the Albuquerque mayor's office are planning to picket outside of a scheduled city council meeting.

Protesters say they will hold a demonstration Monday as city councilors are meeting to discuss pending reforms into Albuquerque police.

Last week, 13 demonstrators were arrested for their role in holding a sit-in inside Mayor Richard Berry's office. Twelve face trespassing citations and one faces a battery on a police officer charge. All have been ordered to stay away from City Hall.

The sit-in forced city officials to reschedule a city council meeting. Officials said that rescheduling stalled important business.

The city of Albuquerque is negotiating with the Justice Department over police reforms after the federal agency issued a report criticizing the police department's use of force.

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