Members of an armed civilian group known as the New Mexico Civil Guard were detained by police on Monday after a protester who reportedly tried to take down a controversial statue was shot.
As the Albuquerque Journal reported, a man was shot in Old Town during a protest of the "La Jornada" sculpture in front of the Albuquerque Museum. The statue honors conquistador Juan de Oñate, and protesters had called for it to be taken down. The New Mexico Civil Guard, a civilian group that said it formed to protect people and property during protests that have taken place in the state following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, was present at the demonstration on Monday.
The report noted that the shooting took place during a clash between protesters trying to take down the sculpture and five or six "heavily armed" members of the civilian group. The man who was shot was taken to a nearby hospital, and his condition was not known.
Reporters on the scene said that police detained and arrested some members of the New Mexico Civil Guard.