Albuquerque residents protested against 23 police shootings that involved fatal or overkill acts by police officers since 2010. The call was made by cyber-activists, who exposed the information on the internet and social networks. The protests, which was done at noontime, was dispersed in the evening. Some were arrested for disorderly conduct and property damages.
Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry said that it was not trying to stop all protests, but he wants to limit the damages to property the protests could bring. Mayor Berry said that the protesters were putting the public and themselves in danger.
The protest was sparked by a cyber-collective group only known as Anonymous who posted a video of police beating to death a homeless man who had done nothing wrong to the police officers. The video was taken from an Albuquerque police station, and the hacking was confirmed by the Police.
The protests prompted the Federal Department of Justice to launch an investigation regarding the 23 fatal killings and the shooting of a homeless man on March 16 without any reason by police officers in Albuquerque.
According to FBI’s Albuquerque Office Spokesman Frank Fisher, people are concerned about the incident and they want answers, which is why the investigation is pushing through.