Albuquerque protests over New Mexico police shootings

Protesters hold a rally in front of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque against recent police shootings on 30 March 2014 Demonstrators blocked traffic in front of the University of New Mexico

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Protesters have confronted riot officers in Albuquerque during a march against police shootings.

Police fired tear gas at demonstrators and made several arrests following unrest in the centre of the New Mexico city, according to local media reports.

It comes after a video emerged of police shooting dead a homeless man named as James Boyd.

It was filmed by the police using cameras and posted online following a public information request.

Standoff

Meanwhile Albuquerque police said their website had been temporarily brought down on Sunday because of a cyber-attack.

The hacking collective Anonymous had warned of retaliation over the James Boyd shooting.

He was killed in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains on the east side of Albuquerque following a stand-off.

Last week, Albuquerque police fatally shot another man, identified as Alfred Redwine, at a housing estate.

A protester faces off with an Albuquerque officer during a rally against recent police shootings in Albuquerque on Sunday 30 March 2014 Protesters faced off with riot officers in the streets of Albuquerque
Protesters hold a sit-in in downtown Albuquerque during a rally against recent police shootings on 30 March 2014 Anger has built following two fatal police shootings this month

The department has been involved in 37 shootings, 24 of them fatal, since 2010, according to the Albuquerque Journal.

Critics say it is far too many for a department serving a city of about 555,000.

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets on Sunday afternoon and demonstrations continued into the early evening, according to the Associated Press.

Mayor Richard Berry was quoted by the Albuquerque Journal saying stones were thrown at officers.

The US Justice Department has been investigating the Albuquerque Police Department for more than a year, looking into complaints of civil rights violations and allegations of excessive use of force.

The FBI has opened an investigation into the shooting of James Boyd on 16 March.

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