City crews clean up APD protest graffiti

Posted at: 03/31/2014 1:38 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra and Elizabeth Reed, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Early Monday morning, demonstrators from a protest against the Albuquerque Police Department were gone, but their message remained.

City crews got to work painting over graffiti sprayed on buildings along Central Avenue. Most of it contained hateful words directed at APD, but some people sprayed the name "James Boyd" throughout the city.

Boyd was shot and killed by officers two weeks ago in the Sandia foothills. Police said he wouldn't put down his knives during a confrontation with officers, but protesters said Boyd was a mentally ill homeless man who needed help.

The protest started peacefully around noon in downtown Albuquerque. But as the day went on, some people began vandalizing buildings and climbing light poles.

By the time the protests had ended, graffiti could be found on the Triangle Park substation in Nob Hill, on the interstate bridge over I-25 and Central and on a couple of businesses up and down Central.

City crews covered most, if not all, of the graffiti on Monday morning.