Protest at Albuquerque City Hall over “Killer Cop” Competition

By DAVID CORREIA

A group of anti-police violence activists and family members of victims of police violence gathered at City Hall yesterday to demand Mayor Berry cancel the "Killer Cop" competition scheduled for next month.
A group of anti-police violence activists and family members of victims of police violence gathered at City Hall yesterday to demand Mayor Berry cancel the “Killer Cop” competition scheduled for next month.

 

Ken Ellis, father of Ken Ellis, III, who was killed by APD, joins other family members of victims of police violence in signing a letter to Mayor Berry explaining why the NRA National Police Shooting Championships should be cancelled.
Ken Ellis, father of Ken Ellis, III, who was killed by APD, joins other family members of victims of police violence in signing a letter to Mayor Berry explaining why the NRA National Police Shooting Championships should be cancelled.
Mike Gomez, Sylvia Fuentes, Isaac Mitchell, Ken Ellis and Nora Tachias Anaya signed the letter.
Mike Gomez, Sylvia Fuentes, Isaac Mitchell, Ken Ellis and Nora Tachias Anaya signed the letter.

 

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Mike Gomez told the gathering that APD's Sean Wallace killed his son three years ago. Alan was the third unarmed person Sean Wallace shot as a New Mexico police officer and the second person he killed. Wallace planned to represent APD at the shooting championships in September.
Mike Gomez told the gathering that APD’s Sean Wallace killed his son three years ago. Alan was the third unarmed person Sean Wallace shot as a New Mexico police officer and the second person he killed. Wallace planned to represent APD at the shooting championships in September.
Isaac Mitchell's son Jonathan was killed by a White vigilante. APD and the District Attorney have refused to bring the killer to justice for the murder. "They didn't care about Jonathan because he's Black," he said.
Isaac Mitchell’s son Jonathan was killed by a White vigilante. APD and the District Attorney have refused to bring the killer to justice for the murder. “They didn’t care about Jonathan because he’s Black,” he said.
Sylvia Fuente's son Len was killed by APD. "This militarization of police must stop," she said. "My son didn't have to die."
Sylvia Fuente’s son Len was killed by APD. “This militarization of police must stop,” she said. “My son didn’t have to die. And the Mayor says he’s met with family members of victims. He’s lying. He hasn’t met with me. I haven’t met a family member he’s met with.”
Selena Trujeque connected the patterns of racialized, militarized policing in Albuquerque to Ferguson, MO and beyond.
Selena Trujeque connected the patterns of racialized, militarized policing in Albuquerque to Ferguson, MO and beyond.
After the press conference, family members went to the 11th floor of City Hall to deliver the letter to Mayor Richard Berry. They found the offices closed, the doors locked and police guarding the foyer outside the elevator. Once again, Mayor Richard Berry refused to meet with grieving families of victims of his police department. See the video below of the press conference and the Mayor's intransigence.
Family members emerge from City Hall after trying to deliver the letter to the Mayor. After the press conference, family members went to the 11th floor of City Hall hoping to tell the Mayor why he should cancel the police shooting tournament. They found the offices closed, the doors locked and police guarding the foyer outside the elevator. Once again, Mayor Richard Berry refused to meet with grieving families of victims of his police department. See the video below of the press conference and the Mayor’s intransigence.
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2 comments

  1. […] While the NRA has hosted a police shooting tournament in Albuquerque for the past eight years, this is the first year activists are speaking out about it. A few weeks ago, Gomez and other protesters rallied outside of City Hall demanding the mayor cancel the competition. They also wrote a letter to him, which stated: […]

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