Photos by Dinah Vargas
More than a thousand protestors converged on downtown Albuquerque on Tuesday March 25, 2014 to march from the Alvarado station to the Albuquerque Police Department headquarters in protest of the police killing of James Boyd. The march came more than a week after officers Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez shot and killed James Boyd and just days after APD released a video of the shooting that revealed that officers shot and killed Boyd while he was trying to surrender.
The march, organized by the A.N.S.W.E.R. coalition, began with activists carrying a large, black casket into the crowd adorned with photos and names of previous victims of APD. Mike Gomez, the father of Alan Gomez who was killed by APD in May of 2011, added Boyd’s name to the casket to join with the other 22 victims of APD violence since 2010.
The crowd then poured onto Central Avenue and marched west toward APD headquarters where marchers occupied the front steps for more than two hours.