Albuquerque's leadership allowed for the continued stoning of our police officers, the destruction of property and the national media had a frenzy rubbing it in our collective noses. In California, the next day, their officers utilized the required force and took the anarchist out of the picture. Albuquerque can now be referred to as Baltimore II.
Under the current administration our police department has been reduced to the point that it can barely protect itself. They had to know events were going to turn violent, and from all appearances they were totally unprepared for it. Listening to an afternoon radio talk show I heard the APD spokespeople defend their actions during the riot. Sorry, I and a number of the citizens are not buying it. One of the primary objectives of riot control is to remove the instigators. One arrest for all of the injuries sustained by the police and all the property damage, impressive to say the least.
We all need to support the right to assemble and protest in a peaceful manner. Assaults on our officers by extension is an assault on all the law abiding citizens of this city. At the first sign of violence our officers should have gotten aggressive and quelled it then and there. Chief Eden said the rocks, urine bombs,sharpened objects and Molotov-cocktail like devices sounded like a rainstorm as they hit the officers, horses and others. The Chief makes it sound as though it was a good thing that our officers endured the onslaught of potential lethal objects. Mayor Berry said the officers "showed restraint, professionalism and good judgement" throughout the night. He further stated the Department was operating under a new plan approved by the court appointed monitor over-seeing police reforms for handling large crowds. The monitor should pack his bags and go home if his reforms are to allow our officers to be injured without the ability to respond. The City of Albuquerque's Administration can only spin this fiasco so far.
Kudos to our front line law enforcement personnel for doing the best you could under the circumstances. It was your leadership at the highest levels that let you down. No doubt the thought of the DOJ watching may have hindered their judgement in how to handle this mess.
There is absolutely no excuse what-so-ever for the APD to deploy officers to the front lines without protective riot gear, not even a helmet. Another point picked up by the national media.
This was published at the request of David due to the fact that he sent it to the Albuquerque Urinal (Journal) and they failed to print it.