Crime

Newly-released video contradicts police account of shooting that killed homeless man

Albuquerque New Mexico’s new police chief Gordon Eden seems to think that the latest officer involved shooting that killed a homeless man was justified.

But new video released Friday is raising questions about what threat if any the victim posed when he was shot numerous times.

Police say 38-year-old James M. Boyd is the man who was killed. Boyd was arguing with police for hours last Sunday from his alleged illegal encampment after officers asked him to leave.

At a press conference this Friday, Chief Eden said Boyd pulled two knives on the officers when they first went to talk to him.

Chief Eden said Officers Keith Sandy and Dominque Perez each fired their rifles three times.

It’s unclear how many bullets hit Boyd.

Chief Eden called the shooting “justified,” saying officers also used non-lethal force, first throwing a flash bang grenade while releasing a dog, simultaneously using a taser gun and bean bag rounds.

But the video shows Boyd seemingly preparing to comply with the officers’ demands, asking them to “keep your word” while he gathered his belongings and began to walk down the embankment.

Suddenly, a flash bang grenade went off and the officers closed in on Boyd, yelling at him to get on the ground. Seconds later, he is shot multiple times as he clearly was turning away.

Watch the video and judge for yourself (some viewers may find it disturbing):

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  1. Jason Greenlee

    March 23, 2014 at 2:29 am

    Is there a follow up to this?

  2. RONALD K HIXSON

    March 23, 2014 at 4:05 am

    T
    hese cop’s cold blooded killed another human being because they are cowards scared of their own shadow !

  3. MartinDean Sloan

    March 23, 2014 at 6:49 am

    This undoubtedly Murder. The Police are murdering people with impunity and it must be stopped and these Murderous bastrds need to prosecuted for thier crimes and encarcerated. If nothing is done this will be repeated ad nausem for the remaindr of this republics existence, which is apparently shortening as we comment…

  4. cold bloody murder, period.

  5. Buzz

    March 23, 2014 at 7:29 am

    WOW, cops killing an unarmed non threatening innocent citizen? Say it ain’t so.

    Surprise surprise surprise…..not.

  6. GRAHAMPA

    March 23, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    FAILURE TO OBEY ANY OFFICERS ORDER IS A CAPITAL OFFENSE APPARENTLY THEY DON’T KNOW HOW TO USE A TASER, DOG, OR COMMON SENSE

  7. Paul Lope

    March 24, 2014 at 5:36 am

    So disgusted by the cops in this country who think they can do whatever they want and get away with it. Why won’t do our police departments continue to hire psychotic aholes to protect people?

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