ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An organization aimed at reforming sex offender laws chose an Albuquerque hotel to host its fourth annual conference, but safety worries prompted the city to beef up security at nearby parks and schools.
The city held a meeting Tuesday evening to address residents’ concerns, but it was sparsely attended. Albuquerque Police Cmdr. Kevin Rowe, who organized the meeting, assured the public that police were prepared for the conference. He even sang a song he said he had written for the occasion.
One of the seven people in the audience stormed out after Rowe would not let him ask a question because the meeting was not organized as a question-and-answer session.
“This is a public relations stunt,” said Eric Schultz, who said he was concerned about the conference’s proximity to schools. “This isn’t an informative meeting.”