Noticeably absent from the Wednesday, Sept. 5 City Council agenda were the families of men killed in officer-involved shootings. Meeting after meeting for more than a year a half, a dozen or more family members have showed up to speak about problems within Albuquerque Police Department.
The Council honored local firefighters who went to New York City to help after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Councilors removed several items from the short agenda before tackling what remained of the gutted meeting. They approved, on an 8-to-1 vote, a measure that waives the city’s voter identification requirement for the November election. Councilors said this was necessary in order to put the Paseo interchange question on the ballot. The city has this requirement, but the state does not, which created a legal hurdle. Councilor Michael Cook voted against the move.