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May 20, 2021
DA Resolves Obelisk Cases

SFPD, Mayor Webber in Support

The City of Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Police Department have been notified that the District Attorney’s office has reached a resolution with all but one of the Defendants charged with a felony for their connection in the criminal damage to the Obelisk that occurred on October 12, 2020.

As part of this resolution, the Defendants have entered into a pre-prosecution diversion program, consisting of a combination of community service and a new approach to restitution that is rooted in restorative justice principles. Defendants who fail to participate fully or to complete the terms of their program will be placed back on the Court’s docket for prosecution. For more information or questions regarding the resolution or restorative justice program, please contact the District Attorney’s Office. (Jennifer Padgett Macias, Chief Deputy District Attorney; [bot protected email address]; 505-699-9120)

The Santa Fe Police Department has been working with the District Attorney’s Office throughout the investigation and charging process, and supports the resolution as agreed to in these cases.

Mayor Alan Webber says: “The District Attorney's office has resolved these cases in a way that holds the defendants accountable for restitution to the community, so justice is served. It also engages all parties in a process of restorative justice that aims to heal wounds and reconcile grievances. In those respects, the solution aligns with the goals of the CHART process we are undertaking as we acknowledge historic trauma and embrace community forgiveness and healing."

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