Arrested protesters to picket Albuquerque council

Posted at: 06/09/2014 7:35 AM
Updated at: 06/09/2014 10:28 AM
By: The Associated Press



ALBUQUERQUE (AP) - Demonstrators arrested for staging a sit-in at the Albuquerque mayor's office are planning to picket outside of a scheduled city council meeting.
    
Protesters say they will hold a demonstration Monday as city councilors are meeting to discuss pending reforms into Albuquerque police.
    
Last week, 13 demonstrators were arrested for their role in holding a sit-in inside Mayor Richard Berry's office. Twelve face trespassing citations and one faces a battery on a police officer charge. All have been ordered to stay away from City Hall.
    
The sit-in forced city officials to reschedule a city council meeting which officials said stalled important business.
    
The city is negotiating with the Justice Department over police reforms after the federal agency issued a report criticizing the Police Department's use of force.

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