Eight People Who Participated in the 2020 Obelisk Rally Performed Community Service and Paid Fines

The eight people who took part in the ‘restorative justice program’ rather than face jail time for toppling the Obelisk in the Plaza or skirmishing with police at a rally in 2020 have completed more than 320 hours community service and had to pay a total of more than $15,000.

According to a report from Santa Fe New Mexican, District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies said the defendants distributed food to local shelters and food banks, provided counseling to at-risk youth, taught art and helped renovate a church into a community center, among other things. services.

Four individuals accused of having contributed to the destruction of the monument have seen their files closed without further action.

Three of the other four were also charged with toppling the obelisk, and the fourth in the group was charged with an altercation with police before the monument fell.

These four still have work to do.

All eight signed a joint statement that included an apology to the city of Santa Fe and anyone hurt by their actions.

The obelisk destroyed at that rally was erected 153 years ago, in honor of Union soldiers of the Civil War.

But in recent years the monument has become a focal point of controversy for some, who have decried an engraving on one side dedicating it to soldiers who died fighting “wild Indians”.

The restorative justice program offered by the district attorney’s office has also been criticized for lacking transparency and teeth.

Norma P. Rex