Former Albuquerque Police officer’s Dominique Perez and Keith Sandy, who shot and killed homeless camper James Boyd in the Albuquerque foothills, are no longer facing first degree murder charges. Yesterday, special prosecutor Randi Mcginn’s office announced they are pursuing second degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault charges against both Sandy and Perez.
This new development means the neither will face a life sentence. Special prosecutor Randi McGinn reviewed the case and decided she couldn’t convince a jury that Sandy and Perez planned to kill Boyd; Second degree murder means the two officers knew that they would “likely” kill James Boyd when they fired and that Boyd hadn’t given them “sufficient provocation”.
Two police officers who were videotaped shooting and killing a man in the foothills of Albuquerque, N.M., will face murder charges.
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James Boyd, 38, was killed after illegally camping in the city.
Earlier today, Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg, said “a single count of open murder” has been filed against each of two officers: Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez of the Albuquerque Police Department. Sandy retired in 2014 at the rank of detective.
Keith Sandy’s lawyer told KRQE News, his client “had not only the right, but the duty to defend a fellow officer from a mentally unstable, violent man wielding two knives. Keith did nothing wrong. To the contrary, he followed his training and probably saved his fellow officer’s life.”
The police video shows Boyd talking with an officer who was trying to reach an end to the situation.
Boyd picks up his backpack and tells the officer to keep his word, and not to worry about safety. “I’m not a f***ing murderer”.
Seconds later, a flash-bang grenade is fired at his feet. Boyd then stands facing the officers — and as he turns away from them, at least two officers open fire. Boyd was hit by live rounds and stun guns.
As Boyd lay on the ground, he was struck with bean bags and a dog was also released on his motionless body.
Several weeks later, police shot and killed a 19 yr old woman. In the same month, a federal investigation concluded that the Albuquerque Police Department “engages in a pattern or practice of excessive force in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.”
Statement released by the Department of Justice: “On October 31, 2014, the Justice Department announced it has reached a comprehensive settlement agreement with the City of Albuquerque that will bring wide-ranging reforms to the Albuquerque Police Department and its use of force against civilians. The Justice Department and the City have agreed to enter into a court-enforceable settlement agreement that will overhaul the way in which APD handles use of force by its officers following a year-long investigation into the APD’s practices and letter of findings released by the Justice Department in April, 2014. Once the Albuquerque City Council considers the settlement agreement in a special session scheduled for the week of November 3, the Justice Department and the City will file the settlement agreement with the United States District Court for approval and entry as an order.”
Albuquerque police, in a four year period, have shot dozens of people, killing 25 of them – This according to their own records.
NPR reports that “Before the Justice Department released its findings, local crimal investigators found all previous Albuquerque police shootings to be justified, says Shaun Willoughby, vice president of Albuquerque’s police union.”
Hacker activist group Anonymous announced the charges via Twitter.
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Anonymous also broke into the APD website in protest of the Boyd murder a few weeks after the story went national.
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