ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (WDTN) — Protests took a violent turn at a Donald Trump rally in Albuquerque, New Mexico Tuesday night.
Hundreds of demonstrators lined the streets even before Trump arrived at the campaign event.
The situation escalated when protesters told supporters who were walking to the rally that they were taking a “Walk of Shame.”
Once the event was underway, protesters rushed towards the Albuquerque Convention Center prompting police in riot gear to respond.
Officials said protesters threw rocks and bottles at police and jumped on cruisers, shattering windshields. They chanted anti-Trump slogans and burned pro-Trump signs and T-shirts. Police had to use pepper spray and smoke canisters to keep crowds under control.
Trump was campaigning in New Mexico ahead of its primary in early June.
“No matter where we go we have crowds like this, so when I say make America great again, number one it’s going to be America first from now on folks, America first,” said Trump to the crowd of supporters.
Several officers hit by rocks and bottles were treated for injuries. Police said the convention building was also damaged after someone shot a pellet gun through the windows.