A groundbreaking lawsuit in New Mexico could serve as a blueprint for how government officials deal with armed militia groups that deploy to public spaces and act like law enforcement officers, despite having no authority to do so.
The civil suit, filed by a district attorney in Albuquerque and the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection at the Georgetown University Law Center, seeks an injunction against members of the New Mexico Civil Guard, an armed group that sent its members to demonstrations last year under the pretense of providing security. The injunction would ban the group and its members from engaging in behavior that the plaintiffs argue is dangerous and unlawful.
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