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VIDEO: Man Arrested After Shooting ‘Protester’ Hitting Him In Head With Skateboard

Albuquerque, NM – A former Albuquerque city council candidate who was assaulted by an angry mob of rioters and beaten with a skateboard was arrested on Monday night after he shot one of his attackers (video below).

The incident began outside the National History Museum at approximately 7:15 p.m., as rioters squared off with a group of armed counter-protesters at the site of a monument representing Spanish conquistador Juan de Oñate, according to court documents.

The counter-protesters, who identified themselves as the New Mexico Civil Guard’s “Bernalillo Company,” said they were trying to protect the monument from the rioters who sought to tear it down, The Washington Post reported.

Former Albuquerque city council candidate Steven Baca, 31, also showed up at the scene “to protect the statute from the protesters,” according to court documents.

Although their objective seemed to be the same, John Burks, captain of the “Bernalillo Company,” said that Baca is not affiliated with his group, The Washington Post reported.

Cell phone footage showed the riotous mob as they swarmed the monument and attempted to rip it from its pedestal.

But while they were doing so, chaos erupted in the crowd.

A second video showed Baca as he tried to hold rioters away from the statue.

At one point, Baca took a woman to the ground, the video showed.

A moment later, Baca was standing at the edge of the fray when a masked suspect bashed him with a green longboard.

Baca immediately ran away from the crowd, but the rioters chased after him, the video showed.

He continued to back away from them, “utilizing pepper spray to douse the oncoming crowd,” according to court documents. “Steven continued to retreat away from the crowd while walking quickly backward and holding up his hand with his palm toward the crowd as if to separate himself from it.”

Despite his clear retreat, the mob “maliciously” pursued him and yanked him to the ground, police said.

Several members of the group began punching and kicking him while he was down on the pavement.

Baca attempted to protect his body and head with his hands, the video showed.

The longboard-wielding attacker, later identified as 39-year-old Scott Williams, then slammed the board into Baca’s head yet again.

Baca responded by firing a black semi-automatic handgun at him several times, according to court documents.

Williams suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his torso.

Meanwhile, Baca placed his gun on the ground and moved away from it, police said.

He was quickly taken into custody by Albuquerque Police Department (APD) tactical units and transported to Presbyterian Hospital, where he was medically cleared, according to court documents.

He refused to speak with investigators, and was subsequently charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, plus firearm enhancement.

Williams was rushed to the hospital, where he remains in stable condition, The Washington Post reported.

Laura Schauer Ives, an attorney for Williams’ family, said that Williams has “devoted his life to seeking equality and justice,” the Albuquerque Journal reported.

“When Steven Baca repeatedly attacked peaceful protesters in Albuquerque last night, Scott took bullets for the community he cares about,” the family wrote in a statement.

Ives said that the Williams family is very “certain that had Scott not taken the bullets from Mr. Baca that the community, somebody in the community he cared about would have been harmed,” according to The Washington Post.

The family said that the APD should have done more to stop the situation from escalating to the point of violence.

“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,” Williams’ family declared, according to the Albuquerque Journal.

The APD used rubber projectiles and tear gas to disperse the riotous mob, according to The Washington Post.

All members of the armed militia group were taken into custody, but they were released about three hours later after being questioned, Burks told the paper.

Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller blamed the situation on “outside groups interfering with peaceful protests,” and alleged that the armed counter-protesters were trying to “prop up white supremacy,” The Washington Post reported.

Keller also assured the community that allegations that Baca “violently [threw] a woman to the ground” prior to being chased will be added to the court’s record in a supplemental filing.

The New Mexico State Police have taken over the investigation into the incident, The Washington Post reported.

A police oversight board has also launched an investigation into the tactics the APD used before and after the demonstration turned violent.

Keller said that the city has removed the Juan de Oñate monument after doing so became an “urgent matter of public safety.”

Baca, a Republican, won less than six percent of the vote during his run for Albuquerque City Council in 2019, according to The Washington Post.

He said he was compelled to run for office because he believes police are “complete wimps when it comes to fighting crime,” and that he is worried his community is becoming a “Third-World country,” The Washington Post reported.

Watch the incident unfold in the videos below. Warning – Graphic Content and Obscene Language:

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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