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Man Who Violently Threw Woman To Ground Before Shooting Protester Attended Trump Rally In 2019


Man Who Violently Threw Woman To Ground Before Shooting Protester Attended Trump Rally In 2019

A former city council candidate has been arrested and charged after police say he shot and critically injured a protester during a Monday evening demonstration demanding the removal of a statue of Juan de Oñate, the despotic conquistador of New Mexico whose image has become the latest target in demonstrations across the country aimed at righting a history of racial injustice, reports the Albuquerque Journal.

Steven Ray Baca, 31, was booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center early Tuesday morning and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon with a firearm enhancement.

As dozens of protesters gathered around a statue of Oñate, shouting matches erupted moments before a man was shot.

Police say the victim, 39-year-old Scott Williams, was shot several times in the torso and is in critical but stable condition at the University of New Mexico Hospital.

Video of the shooting shows a man, who appears to be Baca, moving aggressively through the crowd and then violently throwing a woman to the ground. That’s when the other protesters began to advance on him before the shots rang out.

Laura Schauer Ives, an attorney for the family, said Williams has “devoted his life to seeking equality and justice for all.”

“When Steven Baca repeatedly attacked peaceful protestors in Albuquerque last night, Scott took bullets for the community he cares about,” Schauer Ives said in a statement. “While he did, the Albuquerque Police Department hid behind the Albuquerque museum, refused to respond to multiple requests for help, and only sent officers in once shots were fired.”

Police took into custody several members of a right-wing militia who were dressed in camouflage and carrying military-style rifles. The militia goes by the name “New Mexico Civil Guard.”

Witnesses said Baca identified himself as the son of a Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputy, a detail confirmed by the Journal.

In 2019, Baca ran on a platform that was critical of the current city leadership and existing federal settlement agreements that impose restrictions on law enforcement. He called local officials “complete wimps when it comes to fighting crime.” He lost in the six-way race to represent Downtown, reports the newspaper.

Before he was defeated in the November election, Baca thanked Trump and posted on Twitter that he hoped to meet the president during a visit to Alburquerque for a campaign rally, reports RawStory.


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