Fights caught on camera stain image of downtown ABQ


ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A Valentine’s night out turned into a brawl in downtown Albuquerque. Guys and girls were caught on camera throwing punches.

It’s the latest black eye for downtown, as many groups work to convince people that the area isn’t just a place for drinkers and brawlers.

The fight happened near Central and 7th after a concert early Sunday morning. Someone took cell phone video of the ordeal, and posted it to YouTube.

The video posted online is set to music. A guy is seen shoving a woman to the ground outside a downtown club after a Valentine’s night out. Others continue fighting in the street.

“There’s some weird people downtown sometimes, especially on the weekends like at night,” said Ethan Showers, who lives nearby.

There’s been a string of viral videos showing the violence in downtown Albuquerque. Viewers may recall two bouncers caught on camera beating a man outside Knockouts in December.

“There’s fights happening regularly,” said Steven Lewright, who works downtown. Lewright said downtown along Central during the day is a very different scene than downtown at night.

“When the sun goes down, it’s mainly just drunk people and it just, it gets crazy, so I don’t know, I just don’t like coming down here at night,” said Lewright.

However, there are groups who’ve been fighting to change that image for years, to bring more people and businesses downtown.

Zoya Dixon, Program Manager for Downtown ABQ Maintstreet, worries videos like the latest one posted stain downtown’s image, and distracts from the good things going on.

“I think it just reinforces this negative stereotype,” said Dixon.

The non-profit is working on programs to revitalize the area. New businesses moving in, a bike share program, and volunteer events to clean up the area, are just some of the things Dixon’s group is working on.

In the latest fight video, people can be heard cheering on the fight. But, Dixon adds, this video does not represent the essence of the Duke City.

“It’s all about trying to reverse that perception that downtown is one thing and one thing only,” said Dixon. “{We} are actively doing things that draw positive attention back towards downtown, where there’s a lot of revitalization efforts happening right now.”

Albuquerque Police said they were called to the scene over the weekend. However, by the time officers arrived, they didn’t witness any fighting, so no one was arrested.

Police said there were a handful of disturbances on Valentines. An APD spokesperson said there was not a spike in calls however, for a typical Saturday night in the last month.

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