On Tuesday Albuquerque was the scene of hundreds of people protesting against excessive police violence, but just hours later APD officers cut down another man in a hail of bullets in circumstances being disputed by some of the witnesses to the shooting.
Some of the witnesses to this shooting have accounts that differ dramatically from the official police version of what took place. Those witnesses claim that Alfred Redwine had a cell phone in his hands at the time he was shot by police and not a gun as police claim. Here is a cell phone video of the shooting taken by a bystander that also seems to contradict Police's official version events.
Albuquerque Police Under New Shooting ScrutinyAlso Anonymous has given the APD an ultimatum.
Police said the man was shot Tuesday night after he opened fire on officers responding to a frantic call from a woman who said the suspect had pointed a gun at two girls. During the 911 call played to reporters, children can be heard crying in the background.
The family of the man, identified as Alfred Redwine, however, insisted he was not armed and only had a cellphone in his hand.
But Police Chief Gorden Eden released video from an officer's lapel camera indicating shots had been fired from somewhere before police opened fire. "Put the gun down now, Alfred!" police are heard shouting a number of times, before one officer is seen ducking in response to loud pops.
Eden also showed pictures of the suspect's gun with three spent casings, but he could not say how many rounds Redwine fired.
A group reported to be the international cyber-activist hackers Anonymous posted a YouTube video threatening a cyberattack against the city over the foothills shooting, calling officers "militarized thugs."Here is another disturbing You Tube of an APD shooting from last December.
City attorney Rob Perry said officials were taking the threat very seriously and are putting in place various security measures.
"We respect this group," Perry said. "They have an ability to get into highly, federally protected computer systems ... and we're going to do what we can to guard against the problem."
The sooner the DOJ can get to Albuquerque and pull the Police Department out of its downward spiral into excessive violence the better.
Here's a link to my post about the previous shooting: