Speaking to local media, one protester described how he saw the man drive past the demonstration yelling “all lives matter” and “flipping us off”; he followed the man’s car on his skateboard, at which point the man allegedly made a u-turn and and pointed a gun in the protester’s face.
Police, who were at the scene, pulled the man over to arrest him. He has not yet been identified; pictures from the scene show him wearing a cap bearing the American flag, but with the stripes apparently replaced by bullets.
The incident comes a day after the vandalisation of the mural, a large yellow rendering of the words Black Lives Matter painted on a main road with the city authorities’ permission.
On Saturday, a white man and woman both clad in red Trump campaign attire arrived with cans of black paint and a roller and began blacking out the words, all the while exchanging barbs with appalled onlookers.
online, the nascent movement has inspired at least two Facebook pages where followers have recently talked about killing protesters and RCMP officers alike.
The alleged shooter, Steven Ray Baca, a Tea Party member and son of a retired local Deputy Sheriff, was an unsuccessful 2019 candidate for Albuquerque City Council and is a vocal supporter of the Albuquerque Police Department (APD). Baca was initially held in police custody but released on June 22, and is facing various charges, including carrying a concealed gun without a permit. Some protesters claimed to have seen Baca arrive at the rally in a vehicle with NMCG members. The NMCG has since claimed Baca is not a member of their group. Baca appears on widely-circulated mobile phone video recordings of the demonstration, shoving protesters and knocking a woman to the ground, prior to drawing and firing a pistol.
Video posted on social media shows what appears to be a white man purposely aiming and shooting at a crowd of protestors, who are seen running and hiding for cover as multiple shots ring out (in link)
Pvt. Ethan Melzer, 22, of Louisville, Kentucky, enlisted in the military in 2018 and a year later allegedly joined the Order of the Nine Angles (O9A), a Satanic, neo-Nazi group with international ties including to Atomwaffen, a violent “accelerationist” group based in the U.S.
Federal prosecutors say Melzer shared information about the anticipated move to Turkey with members of O9A, and an affiliated group called RapeWaffen Division.
“As alleged, Ethan Melzer, a private in the U.S. Army, was the enemy within,” Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said in a statement. “Melzer allegedly attempted to orchestrate a murderous ambush on his own unit by unlawfully revealing its location, strength, and armaments to a neo-Nazi, anarchist, white supremacist group. “
At least 60 protesters sustained serious head injuries, including a broken jaw, traumatic brain injuries and blindness, based on news reports, interviews with victims and witnesses and a list compiled by Scott Reynhout, a Los Angeles researcher.
Photos and videos posted on social media show protesters with large bruises or deep gashes on the throat, hands, arms, legs, chest, rib cage and stomach, all caused by what law enforcement calls “kinetic impact projectiles” and bystanders call “rubber bullets.”
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