The Latest: 4 arrested amid protests at Trump rally
May. 25, 2016
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest following protests in Albuquerque at a Donald Trump rally (all times local):
Police say four people have been charged or cited following a Donald Trump rally in Albuquerque, where angry protests erupted into chaos outside the city's convention center.
An Albuquerque police spokeswoman says 30-year-old Tylina Hardy was arrested inside the convention center as Trump spoke Tuesday night. She faces a charge of disorderly conduct. Two juveniles inside the convention center also were cited and released to their parents.
Meanwhile, 19-year-old Jose Cuevas faces a charge of disorderly conduct linked to protests outside the rally.
About 4,000 Trump supporters attended the presumptive GOP presidential nominee's rally at the Albuquerque Convention Center. As he spoke inside, a crowd of demonstrators outside overran police barricades. Some threw burning T-shirts and plastic bottles at officers.
Police spokeswoman Celina Espinoza says about 12 other people were detained and released, and more arrests are likely.
A day after a riot erupted outside a Donald Trump rally, Albuquerque officials concluded that the mayhem had less to do with political protest than with an unruly group determined to use the event to sow disorder.
Some of the participants openly admitted that they set out to cause disruption. Many in the crowd were seen with gang tattoos and at one point chanted to Trump supporters that they controlled the streets.
Cleanup crews spent Wednesday clearing away broken glass and charred debris. The mayor and police were tallying up the damage that spread to several blocks near historic Route 66.
In Tuesday night's demonstration, some officers and police horses were injured in clashes with protesters. Demonstrators stomped on patrol cars and shattered windows with rocks.