Mayor Keller addresses protests, George Floyd death

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Mayor Tim Keller and Albuquerque officials held a press conference at noon on Friday, May 29 to discuss the protests in Albuquerque in response to the death of George Floyd.

Mayor Keller began the press conference by addressing the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Monday. “I don’t have any particular words that are going to express the depth of pain that people feel, but I know that pain is real and I know that especially for people of color, we are all experiencing that in some way or another right now,” Keller said. “I know that here in Albuquerque, we stand with those who are grieving these incidents around the nation, and we also stand with those calling for justice.”

The mayor also spoke to what the community can do and what the city can do to fight against racism. “We are going to continue educating our workforce and the community around all things anti-racism through our various workshops and equity training initiatives,” Keller said. “We need your help to call out racism and injustice whenever and wherever you see it.”

The Managing Attorney and Director of the Office of Civil Rights Torri Jacobus then spoke as to what the public could do to combat racism. “When you see racism, speak up with conviction against it. When you see discrimination, report it to the appropriate government agencies. Here in Albuquerque, that’s the Office of Civil Rights that I lead,” Jacobus said.

Chief of Police for the Albuquerque Police Department Mike Geier reiterated what he said earlier Friday at a press conference regarding the police actions in Minneapolis. “APD denounces the behavior of the Minneapolis officers and we will continue to build the trust we have established in the community we so proudly serve,” Police Chief Geier said.

City Councilor Pat Davis then spoke, denouncing the violence at Thursday night’s protest. “We’re all angry, myself included, about what we saw on TV in Minneapolis, but I’m also really angry watching the scenes from our own city last night,” Davis said. “Last night saw two very different events. The latter was dangerous. The people who organized it and the leaders behind it used the same tools of violence to attack and divide and endanger our neighborhoods, and they’re the very neighborhoods that we are working so hard to try to end that scourge of violence,” he added.

The mayor said he will address the governor’s announcements on Monday regarding the partial reopening of additional businesses on June 1. News 13 will provide coverage of that press conference when it happens.

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