Gun charge dropped against NM man forced to defend himself from violent protesters, others pending

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Turns out, you still have the right in post-Obama America to defend yourself when radical left anarchists beat you about the head with a skateboard. Maybe.

The aggravated battery with a deadly weapon charge against Steven Ray Baca, the Albuquerque man arrested for shooting a member of a violent mob attacking him in the street, has been dropped, KOB4 reported.

As seen in a viral video, Baca was beating a hasty retreat during a left-wing protest at a monument of conquistador Juan de Oñate — the mob was calling for the statue to be removed, and began to take matters into their own hands with a pickax.

Bacca was with an armed civil guard group trying to protect the monument, but gets separated in the chaos and violent protesters attack him. He hastily retreats from the crowd, but as soon as he turns his back they pounce.

The mob punched and beat Baca, who tried to keep them at bay with a can of pepper spray. He was thrown to the ground at one point, but managed to get back to his feet.

“We’re going to f**king kill you!” one of the thugs screamed.

A photo has surfaced showing that in addition to using a skateboard to beat Baca, one of the thugs, identified as Scott Williams, appeared to also have a knife.

Moments later, shots rang out and Williams was hit by the gunfire — the protester was hospitalized in critical but stable condition.

Baca, 31, was jailed on suspicion of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and other charges.

The shooting charge was dropped.

“But, I want to make it absolutely clear: the reason he is not facing that charge right now is because the investigation is not complete,” Bernalillo County District Attorney Raul Torrez said.

New Mexico State Police are now in charge of the investigation, according to KOB4.

The prosecutor was critical of the Albuquerque Police Department for its “rushed” handling of the investigation.

“Frankly, we have been put in a situation too many times in this community where investigations are rushed, investigations are incomplete, and there is an expectation that quick decisions are made,” Torrez told reporters.

“As professionals and prosecutors who have to uphold an oath to be objective and impartial, we can’t do that. We have to get it right,” he added.

Baca, who remains in jail, still faces an aggravated battery charge and two counts of battery against three people at last week’s protest, according to the NBC affiliate — it’s unclear if any of his attackers face charges.

The attorney for Steven Baca has filed a motion requesting his release from pretrial detention.

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