Armed Vigilantes Antagonizing Protesters Have Received a Warm Reception From Police - 2020-06-19
Before Baca opened fire, protesters were pulling a chain looped around Oñate's neck, preparing to tear down a sculpture viewed as a symbol of genocide and racism. Members of the New Mexico Civil Guard stood watch carrying assault weapons, ostensibly to protect the monument. Suddenly, the cheers gave way to shouts. Baca threw a woman to the ground, then strode away from the crowd. When protesters chased after him, a scuffle broke out. "He's going to fucking kill you!" a bystander screamed before four gunshots pierced the air. Several of the bullets hit protester Scott Williams in the torso.
With Williams bleeding in the street, the New Mexico Civil Guard members formed a protective circle around Baca, their weapons ready. When law enforcement arrived, officers created a second ring around the militia, according to a video provided by another witness. After detaining the shooter and several militia members, officers fired tear gas and flash-bang grenades at the distraught crowd.
"The police handled the New Mexico Civil Guard and the gentleman very gingerly, with care, to make sure they didn't get injured, while they were on the opposite side trying to target Black and Indigenous people," said Soto. Williams, the victim, was in critical but stable condition as of Wednesday night, according to the local news station KRQE.