ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A Metropolitan Court judge banned the University of New Mexico professor arrested in a mayor’s office protest on suspicion of battery against a police officer from returning to City Hall as part of his conditions of release.
However, David Plotsky, David Correia’s attorney, said he will ask the court to adjust that condition to only prohibit his client from going to the mayor’s office, which would allow Correia to attend City Council meetings.
Correia pleaded not guilty to the charge against him during his first court appearance Wednesday.
Correia and 12 other protesters were arrested Monday after they occupied Mayor Richard Berry’s office to protest the Albuquerque Police Department. Correia was the only person charged with a felony and the others were charged with misdemeanors. A criminal complaint states Correia pushed a member of the mayor’s security detail before the protesters got inside the office.
After Wednesday’s hearing, Correia told reporters that Monday’s was a peaceful protest.
“I am proud to stand in solidarity with the victims and families of the victims” of APD violence, he said. APD officers have shot and killed 26 people since 2010 and the department is in the process of negotiating reforms with the U.S. Department of Justice.
Correia is out of jail on a $5,000 cash or surety bond and his family attended Wednesday’s hearing.
In addition to not being allowed back at City Hall, Metro Court Judge Cristina Jaramillo said Correia is not to talk to the other people arrested or potential witnesses in his case about Monday’s incident.
No trial date has been set.