A homeless New Mexico man who was illegally camping in the Albuquerque foothills was fatally shot by police.
helmet camera video released by the Albuquerque Police Department on
Friday shows the moment 38-year-old James Boyd turns his back to
officers and then gets shot dead. Despite overwhelming criticism to the
shooting, the department says its officers were justified, KRQE reported.Boyd was shot on Sunday, March 16. Police Chief Gorden Eden said officers approached Boyd, who was sleeping, to speak to him about illegally camping in an open space, according to the Albuquerque Journal.
to authorities, Boyd began arguing with officers for more than three
hours before the fatal shooting. Graphic video released by the
department shows cops yelling at Boyd to "get on the ground" moments
before he's shot."Don't change up the agreement, I'm going to try to walk with you,"
Boyd says in the video. The suspect then picks up his belongings as if
ready to leave. As he starts to head down the hill, an officer can be
heard saying "Do it," before Boyd is hit with a flash-bang device. Visibly
disoriented, Boyd drops his bags and appears to take out a knife.
That's when two officers, Dominque Perez and Keith Sandy, fire multiple
rounds into the man.Boyd can be seen dropping to the ground,
where he lays still. Officers yell at him to drop his knife repeatedly.
When the suspect doesn't answer, police fire multiple bean-bag rounds at
the man, then release a K-9 officer on him.Blood can be seen splattered on rocks near Boyd's head. The man was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead a day later.
Officer Sandy, who was involved in the shooting, was fired from the New Mexico State Police
in 2007 over accusations of fraud. He was allegedly making money doing
private security work while also on the force, KRQE reported.When
Sandy joined the APD, the department said he would be a civilian
employee and wouldn't have a gun or badge. Sandy continued rising
through the ranks, eventually joining the Repeat Offender Project Team.Boyd, who police said may have been a paranoid schizophrenic, has a long criminal history.
In the past, he allegedly attacked people with knives, box cutters, and
his hands, and in 2010 broke a female officer's nose, according to
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