Jon Jones has been energetic in his makes an attempt to assist maintain the peace on the streets of Albuquerque, N.M., throughout the current Black Lives Matter protests, however the native police division needs to verify the whole lot is above board.

New Mexico’s KOB 4 reviews that an interplay that passed off between Jones and uniformed officers forward of Monday’s protests is underneath investigation by the Albuquerque Police Division as a consequence of issues of escalation between civilian volunteers like Jones and protesters.

A video of the dialog was shared on social media, prompting the APD to difficulty a response:

“This interplay got here to our consideration at this time,” the APD wrote. “This was not a Division-sanctioned contact, and we’re investigating the incident.”

“APD opposes vigilante actions and makes an attempt by civilians to intervene in deliberate, peaceable protests,” the division added in a subsequent tweet. “We additionally discourage the presence of armed civilians at protests, which has the potential to escalate violence, not forestall it.”

Earlier this week, Jones has shared video and footage himself and others from the Jackson Wink gymnasium taking to the streets to confront vandals and help in neighborhood cleansing efforts.

The UFC star’s dialog with the officers seems to be amicable, with an officer showing to go over the parameters of the civilian involvement with Jones and his associates.

“I’m positive you guys can deescalate simply by speaking to them,” the officer mentioned. “However, clearly with us in uniform, they deal with us a bit of bit completely different. So I imply, in the event you guys can discuss to them on that degree.”

“If we get in the best way, if we’re being extra of a distraction than assist, simply give considered one of us a name, and we’ll clear the world as quickly as attainable,” Jones later replied.

Based on APD spokesperson Gilbert Gallegos, civilians like Jones are appreciated, however the division has to emphasise security and order.

“We wish to discourage that sort of exercise,” Gallegos instructed KOB 4. “As a result of no matter their intentions, it has the potential to really escalate the state of affairs.”

“We very a lot perceive the frustration of enterprise house owners, specifically, who’re attempting to guard their property,” Gallegos added. “However, the police — we’re downtown and coping with these conditions, now we have a complete sequence of steps we take to strive, and create the least quantity of escalation — or potential of escalation — as attainable at first.”