Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Albuquerque Protests against police violence and brutality

Originally posted at Conscious Objector on Police Brutality

Albuquerque riots against police violence and brutality
The small town of Albuquerque, New Mexico was made famous by Bugs Bunny, the animated smooth talking, prankster rabbit of Looney Tunes from the 1940s. In nearly every episode, Bugs can be seen peering out of his rabbit hole while background characters are up to various antics scolding himself with, "I knew I shoulda taken a left turn at Albuquerque." Since Bugs, Albuquerque rarely makes it to national news and is only mentioned occasionally when speaking on environment degradation in New Mexico and other Southwestern states, history of nuclear testing and nuclear waste dumping in the region at Native American reservations. In recent days, Albuquerque has shot to the attention of independent media and even mainstream news channel from nightly riots or protests by residents against police violence and brutality. The town's police have responded in kind sending in riot, US marshals and even armed SWAT police for a small town that usually doesn't experience protests on a large scale. The riots which began as protests by youth and adults was over the camera helmet shooting death of homeless man James Boyd. Boyd was shot after three park police confront him for sleeping illegal in Sandia Foothills in Albuquerque. The officers claim Boyd has threatened them with knives in his pocket and threaten to attack an officer so force was somehow necessary to subdue the men. Even though Boyd was a good distance away from the officers and told them he would move. 

Homeless man James Boyd shot by police in Sandia Foothills in Albuquerque Raw Footage

KRQE and Anonymous analysis the events and protests in Albuquerque 

Bugs Bunny and Albuquerque 

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