Police Protests Bring End To City Council Meeting

May 5, 2014

  Albuquerque City Council President Ken Sanchez has shut down Monday night's meeting in response to the angry protests of dozens of people.

The council was set to discuss whether the police chief should be chosen by the council or by voters. But the meeting grew heated after about an hour as one man called for Police Chief Gorden Eden's arrest.

The crowd then began chanting for the chief to be fired and for Mayor Richard Berry to be recalled.

Sanchez tried to restore order but then gave up and adjourned the meeting.

The meeting came just two days after a fatal police shooting and weeks after a harsh U.S. Justice Department report faulted the Police Department over excessive use of force. Albuquerque police have shot nearly 40 people since 2010.

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