- Associated Press - Thursday, May 26, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Albuquerque officials said Thursday around 30 people out of 1,000 protesters were responsible for the violence this week at a Donald Trump event.

Anti-Trump protesters threw rocks, urine-filled bottles and Molotov cocktail-type devices at police officers Tuesday, officials said. Some later fired gunshots during a demonstration that turned violent.

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry said the riot caused around $10,000 in city damage. In addition, the city had to spend around $39,000 in overtime, Berry said.

“It was a tough night,” Berry said. “It’s not what Albuquerque is about.”

But Berry said a city of 600,000 didn’t need to apologize for 30 “thugs” and that police would do whatever they could to find those who caused damage.

Police Chief Gorden Eden said six officers suffered injuries from rocks and other objects, and one police horse suffered a leg injury.

“It sounded like a rainstorm,” Eden said.

Police released images of two suspects they say threw objects at officers who were later hurt.

Berry said he is offering up to $10,000 in reward money for the arrest of those involved in the violence. He invited businesses to donate to the fund so more money could be made available to arrest more suspects.

Four people have been arrested so far.

Striker, a police horse that fell during a rush by protesters, suffered abrasions to a leg but continued his service for the rest of the evening with his unit, police said.

Trump also called the protesters, who were waving Mexican flags, “thugs.

Protesters had organized peaceful demonstrations to call attention to previous remarks Trump made about immigrants and women.

The riot came as Albuquerque is trying to make law-enforcement reforms ordered by the Justice Department, and is struggling with violent-crime and property-crime rates that are nearly twice the national average.

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