3 NM police substations vandalized in wake of protest

3 NM police substations vandalized in wake of protest

By Ryan Boetel
Albuquerque Journal

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Three Albuquerque Police Department substations were tagged in spray paint last night in an act of vandalism.

The substations at Central and Rio Grande, Central and Girard and Montgomery and Tramway were all painted overnight.

City employees who are part of the Clean City Division started to clean up the spray paint at 7 a.m., said Bobby

Sisneros, the marketing manager for the city’s solid waste management department, which includes the clean city workers.

It’s not clear when police became aware of the vandalism.

The substations are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.

Albuquerque police officers who work at the Central and Rio Grande substation referred questions to the department’s public information officers, who have not been reached for comment.

It did not look like the Central and Rio Grande substation had surveillance cameras outside.

Red spray paint covered the walls, entrance and signs at the substations.

Sisneros said the substation at Girard and Montgomery was also tagged either late March 30 or early March 31.

That act of vandalism was after hundreds of people protested Albuquerque Police Department violence on downtown streets for hours.

Police in riot gear shot tear gas at those demonstrators during that protest.

There have been several public demonstrations against Albuquerque police violence in recent weeks.

Sisneros said he couldn’t estimate the cost to the city for cleaning up the spray painted. He said the city spends about $1.5 million a year to clean up graffiti.

Copyright 2014 the Albuquerque Journal

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