Albuquerque, NM – The 2nd Judicial Court has granted the Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office’s motion to dismiss counterclaims by members of the New Mexico Civil Guard (NMCG) who said the District Attorney’s Office violated their rights under the Second, Fourth, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution.
The Defendant’s counterclaims were file after Bernalillo County District Attorney, Raúl Torrez, initiated the nation’s first civil suit by a district attorney against paramilitary forces last July after the group’s presence at the June 2020 protest at the statue of Spanish conquistador, Juan de Oñate.
“We are pleased that the Court has dismissed these frivolous counterclaims against District Attorney Torrez and look forward to presenting our case against this unlawful paramilitary group,” DA spokesperson Brandale Mills Cox said. “Groups like the New Mexico Civil Guard are unlawful and our community has no room for private vigilantes who continue to threaten public safety.”
The civil suit seeks a declaration that the actions of the NMCG are unlawful and aims to prevent the NMCG from continuing to act as an unauthorized military or police force.
New Mexico law prohibits unregulated private security forces and paramilitary organizations.
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Contact: Brandale Mills Cox, Ph.D. Communications Director Office of the Second Judicial District Attorney 520 Lomas Blvd. NW Albuquerque, NM 87102