June 19, 2020 – Protests over racial injustice sparked renewed conflict in Albuquerque over statues glorifying the Spanish colonial leader Don Juan de Oñate, decried in his own time for his extraordinary brutality. As protesters attempted to tear down an Oñate statue in the city’s Old Town, armed militia members surrounded the statue and one man was shot—the same day Mayor Tim Keller announced the formation of a new Community Safety Department.
Tim Keller, Albuquerque Mayor
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Keller Proposes New Department To Handle Mental Health Calls – KUNM Radio
Man Is Shot at Protest Over Statue of New Mexico’s Conquistador – New York Times