Albuquerque Riots 1971

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Albuquerque Riots 1971 - Violence Explodes In City By JOHN IRA PETTY It...
Violence Explodes In City By JOHN IRA PETTY It Vas something you'd think couldn't happen in Albuquerque but it did, in all its ugliness and violence. The crowd left Roosevelt Park and moved into the downtown area and seemed almost in a holiday mood. Some walked, while others rode atop cars slowed to the pace of those on foot. A trial of broken glass and unanswered burglar alarms followed them. Looters were seen in several stores, along Central between First and Fourth and along Fourth between between Central and the police station. THEN. FIRES, looting and shooting erupted. The Radio Shack, at the corner corner of Fourth and Copper NW, seemed especially hard hit, with broken w indows and looting. The crowd gathered between the new police buildir.! and City Hall, and filled much of Marquette Marquette NW between the two buildings. Doors on the north side of City Hall were shattered, and marchers moved in and out. Many sat on the steps north of City Hall. The crowd seemed to grow, and rocks were thrown intermittently at the police station. station. Two men wearing black berets emerged from the police building building at about 9:15 p.m. Many members of the crow d gathered around them after they crossed Marquette and mounted City Hall steps. One man, using a portable public address system, called for calm, and asked them to assemble in Roosevelt Park today. Voices from the crowd called for action now and the two men went into the Police Building Building again. AS THEY approached the door, a rock bounced on the sidewalk near them. Several persons in the crowd began beating one youth, who had apparently apparently thrown the stone. Shortly thereafter, a vehicle, apparently a van or station w agon, w as turned on its side at the northeast corner of city hall ', and was set afire. Some gathered to watch the flames, while others remained seated on the steps. As the vehicle burned, at least two policemen atop City Hall fired tear gas cannisters down Into the crowd on Marquette. They cleared the area quickly, most running to the west, where Continued on A-S A-S A-S

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  1. Albuquerque Journal,
  2. 14 Jun 1971, Mon,
  3. Page 1

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