Who is Steven Baca? Son of Former Bernalillo County Sherrif shots a Protester
Steven Baca who is a son of former Bernalillo County Sheriff has been identified as the New Mexico Civil guard, a civilian militia group, who shot a man as protest erupted on “La Jornada” sculpture in front of the Albuquerque Museum erupted into violence Monday evening, June 15th.
He once ran for the Downtown on the Albuquerque City Council back in 2019 saying in his campaign profile on Albuquerque Journal that the city had done little to effectively combat the homelessness crisis, which he said is intermingled with crime and best attacked from that perspective.
The shooting occurred during a clash following a peaceful protest to remove the controversial sculpture, a monument that features conquistador Juan de Oñate. The FBI is assisting in the investigation, according to an APD spokesman. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, meanwhile, called on the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the shooting.
The Shooting Began During a Fight Between Steven Baca and people trying to pull down the statue
The shooting occurred during a fight between a man in a blue shirt (Steven Baca) and people trying to pull down the statue. The man was pushed onto the street, and then protesters started advancing toward him, some threatening him. The man in the blue shirt pulled a can of pepper spray from his pocket and sprayed it.
At that point, the man in the blue shirt appeared to have pulled a gun and fired about five shots, wounding one person. The man who was shot appeared to have been one of the individuals advancing on the man in the blue shirt.
People ran for cover screaming. “Somebody got shot,” several people yelled.
The victim lay in the middle of the intersection of 20th Street and Mountain. One man, an EMT acting as a protest medic, said he had been one of the first to approach the wounded man. He said he had been shot one time. Gilbert Gallegos, a spokesman for the Albuquerque Police Department, confirmed that one man had been shot and had been transported to University of New Mexico Hospital in critical but stable condition. He didn’t identify him.
Police Chief Michael Geier said in a statement that APD is “receiving reports about vigilante groups possibly instigating this violence.” “If this is true, (we) will be holding them accountable to the fullest extent of the law, including federal hate group designation and prosecution,” he added.
Nick Estes posted the video footage moments after the incident showing the civilian militia group shielding Baca moments after shooting the protestor. In his tweet, he writes, “Seconds after this guy shot into the crowd hitting one person (who is in bad condition), his fashy NMCG buddies surrounded him to protect him from the people. These guys were working with the cops weeks earlier.”
Seconds after this guy shot into the crowd hitting one person (who is in bad condition), his fashy NMCG buddies surrounded him to protect him from the people. These guys were working with the cops weeks earlier. pic.twitter.com/6TFyDIQc99
— Nick Estes (@nick_w_estes) June 16, 2020
Steven Baca Age
He is currently 31 years old.
He once ran for Downtown on the Albuquerque City Council
He was once of the six candidates who ran for Downtown on the Albuquerque City Council back in 2019. On his campaign page, he described himself as a freelance process server and skip tracer.
His campaign profile shows that he is North Valley native who lived within the district – including Downtown – his whole life and said he felt compelled to seek his first elected office out of fear the community is becoming a “third world country” and is a vocal critic of the current leadership.
He called local elected officials “complete wimps when it comes to fighting crime” on his campaign Facebook page and has questioned the fiscal choices of Mayor Tim Keller and the City Council.
Baca in his profile said the city has done little to effectively combat the homelessness crisis, which he said is intermingled with crime and best attacked from that perspective.
“You kind of have to handle it from a criminal justice perspective – crackdown on the low-level crimes that the homeless community is doing; have officers do warrant pickups, crackdown on those very small crimes like drug abuse. … A lot of the people (who are homeless) are addicted to drugs; you need to get those people into the court system so they can be forced to go to rehab,” he said.
Peaceful Protesters Escalated after Members of the heavily armed New Mexico Civil Guard, a civilian group, tried to protect a monument
The night began with peaceful protest and prayer but tensions began to escalate when protesters took a pickaxe to the controversial sculpture, a monument that features conquistador Juan de Oñate. Members of the heavily armed New Mexico Civil Guard, a civilian group, tried to protect the monument.
Before the night was over Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and other officials condemned the violence and those who instigated it.
“Although we are still learning more about the situation, I am horrified and disgusted beyond words by the reports of violence at a protest Monday night in Albuquerque,” Lujan Grisham said late Monday in a statement. “The heavily armed individuals who flaunted themselves at the protest, calling themselves a ‘civil guard,’ were there for one reason: To menace protesters, to present an unsanctioned show of unregulated force. To menace the people of New Mexico with weaponry — with an implicit threat of violence — is on its face unacceptable; that violence did indeed occur is unspeakable.”
Mayor Tim Keller says the Statue will be removed until the appropriate civic institutions can determine next steps
Mayor Tim Keller reacted swiftly following the shooting, tweeting that the city would be “removing the statue until the appropriate civic institutions can determine next steps” in order to contain the public safety risk.
“The shooting tonight was a tragic, outrageous and unacceptable act of violence and it has no place in our city,” the mayor wrote in a statement. “Our diverse community will not be deterred by acts meant to divide or silence us. Our hearts go out the victim, his family and witnesses whose lives were needlessly threatened tonight.”