scp-photo

Mayor Keller and APD Chief Medina Issue Statements on “Proud Boys” Rallies, Condemn White Supremacy

Mayor Tim Keller and Albuquerque Police Chief Harold Medina issued the following statements ahead of “Proud Boys” rallies.

April 9, 2021

Mayor Tim Keller and Albuquerque Police Chief Harold Medina issued the following statements ahead of “Proud Boys” rallies scheduled to take place around the country this weekend. The Proud Boys are an all-male, white nationalist group that have instigated violence to amplify their message of hate.

“Let’s be clear: in this city, we condemn white nationalism, white supremacy, misogyny and racism. To the communities that hate groups like this specifically target, know that we stand with you. We are committed to continuing to be your partner in our shared work of building a more equitable and inclusive city. We are dedicated to meaningful investments in Black Lives Matter, civil rights, equity and inclusion, and immigrant and refugee affairs. Together, we can strengthen our communities and create true safety through innovative and compassionate paths toward transformative justice. A ragtag group of racists doesn’t stand a chance of shaking anyone’s resolve to do real anti-racism work,” said Mayor Tim Keller.

“The planned protests this weekend by supporters of white supremacy have nothing to do with free speech, and everything to do with promoting racism and violence. As Chief of Police, I want to forcefully speak out against these actions, and warn these individuals that we will not allow them to instigate violence. I am working hard to build relationships with people and groups who have suffered from past injustices and have not trusted the police. My goal is to earn their trust and demonstrate that our officers are committed to keeping everyone in the community safe,” said Chief Harold Medina.