ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque’s police chief says he’s making a priority out of finding the suspect who reportedly drove a vehicle into a crowd of racial injustice protesters near the campus of the University of New Mexico.
No one was hurt in Friday’s incident.
“We will not tolerate this kind of behavior,” Albuquerque Police Chief Harold Medina said in a statement Saturday.
Demonstrators claim the driver was disparaging them before driving through the crowd. They had gathered for a third night of protests after a grand jury in Louisville, Kentucky, decided not to indict any of the officers directly involved in the death of Breonna Taylor.
KOB-TV reports the protesters were dancing in the street when the car drove by.
Following the incident, protesters sat in the intersection at Central and Yale. The crowd began dispersing around 10:30 p.m.
Medina said Saturday police were not initially aware that protesters planned to march or be in traffic lanes along Central Avenue. He said officers subsequently attempted to create a perimeter to control traffic.
Medina said they were interviewing witnesses and attempting to gather evidence.