What began as a peaceful protest against the Albuquerque Police Department’s systemic abuse of force and frequent shooting of unarmed civilians spiraled into chaos Sunday evening after police officers—many mounted on horses and in riot gear—assaulted the demonstrators with tear gas.
Hundreds of New Mexico residents took to the streets of downtown Albuquerque to denounce the local authorities and call for the resignation of police chief Gorden Eden. According to the Associated Press, the uprising was fueled by growing anger over the police department’s “involvement in 37 shootings, 23 of them fatal since 2010.”
The demonstrators marched peaceably between downtown and the University of New Mexico campus shouting, “We want justice,” and other chants, before being surrounded by the police force and sprayed with tear gas. The demonstration lasted a total of 12 hours.