After 3 arrests, police cite Capitol protesters

June 30, 2018 GMT

New Mexico State Police issued criminal trespass citations to about a dozen people who protested immigration policy at the state Capitol on Thursday night, after earlier arresting three Albuquerque women for resisting officers during an incident at the Governor’s Office.

A criminal complaint said police about 4 p.m. found protesters lying on the floor, singing and chanting, but “not being violent in any way.” Police decided to let the protesters stay until closing time at 5 p.m.

But, when police tried to usher people out around 5 p.m., the complaint says, three Albuquerque women — ages 56-75 — refused to leave. Officers cuffed them, took them to police cars and drove them to the county jail “where they were released without further issues,” the complaint says.

Each woman faces misdemeanor charges of trespassing, resisting or evading an officer, disorderly conduct and interference with public officials or the general public. All three pleaded not guilty and were released on unsecured appearance bonds.

Lt. Elizabeth Armijo said police issued criminal trespass citations to another 12 protesters who later refused to leave the building’s lobby.

Somos un Pueblo Unido, an immigrant-rights organization, plans a rally at the Capitol at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The demonstration is part of a statewide “day of action” to protest family detention and separation of children from parents at the border.