Arroyo tenting ordinance on ABQ metropolis council docket

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ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) — The Albuquerque City Council will also vote Monday on whether to make camping in Arroyos illegal. The regulation, proposed by councilman Tammy Fiebelkorn, would make it easier for Albuquerque police to subpoena and arrest people in order to remove them from the area.

Arroyos are currently considered private property as they are owned and operated by the Flood Control Authority. That means APD does not have the authority to remove anyone from the area, the ordinance would change that. “Right now it’s trespassing, but there’s nothing in the books that allows that mechanism to be enforced,” Fiebelkorn said.

The regulation requires law enforcement to first issue a warning unless there is an imminent threat that could result in an arrest.