Monday, March 24, 2014
Raw Police Video News - APD Shooting of James Boyd in the Sandia Foothills of New Mexico
Police Chief Gordon Eden said non-lethal rounds were used, though at least one live round hit Boyd as well. It’s not yet clear precisely what killed him. He died from his wounds in the hospital a day later.
Eden said police were justified in shooting Boyd, however, because he made a threatening movement and had been arrested previously on violent charges.
911 Calls from Local Residents Released Before the Fatal SWAT Standoff in Sandia
residents called 9-1-1 twice before a swat standoff ended with police killing a homeless man. erica zucco is here with what that caller was worried about -- and what police are saying about the deadly confrontation. erica? lapel video shows how the incident ended -- with a dramatic confrontation and a chaotic end to a man's life. but it started because of a call from a concerned resident looking out for what he saw as a danger to his neighborhood. "I've got a homeless living in our back area, we're next to the Sandia mountains, they've been out there for a month" THAT WAS the 9-1-1 call that led albuquerque police to 38- year-old james boyd .... today chief gordon eden said he had a history of violence against officers. police say for hours, they tried to lure him from the rock where he illegally made his home -- but they say he threatened them and had knives in his hands. video shows the last moments of their confrontation. boyd begins to turn from police... Don't worry about safety, I'm not a f--- murderer... Alright? moments later... "do it" A FLASH BANG... AND TWO blasts from a taser gun "please don't hurt me" FOLLOWEDquickly by six gunshots fired by two officers -- both now on standard paid leave.... boyd hits the ground before officers launched a bean bag and sent in a k-9. it's unclear what measure ultimately killed him.... we won't know until o-m-i releases results to police. tonight... the 9-1-1 call reveals more layers to the CASE -- I had to call, I think it was three weeks ago, cause they had a verbal altercation out there... And, I think the police just drove down the road, I don't think they actually visited the site... But they're still there. AN a-p-d spokeswoman says records show officers did respond to that call weeks ago ... but couldn't find anyone. the police union says they can't comment on this case until the department finishes investigating... but they hope all who view the video keep an open MIND. "It's unfortunate that this mans actions put these officers in that predicament because I can assure everybody in the community that was not the first thing that was on these officers minds." DAYS AFTER THE standoff...the landscape near piedra vista is back to normal... except for a home made sign posted at the park entrance... reading: " sorry our system let you down." chief gorden eden said today he feels this shooting was justified. he cited a supreme court ruling about using force when officers feel they're in danger. the two officers who fired three rounds each from rifles will stay on leave until the investigation is complete.
Full Raw Video of the James Boyd APD Shooting in Sandia
Follow up from APD Police Chief
albuquerque's chief of police admits he jumped to conclusions about that deadly officer-involved shooting in the foothills! but that's not all. chief gorden eden changed his language, but not his opinion. our investigative reporter ryan luby spoke with the chief. and ryan, sounds like he's still defending those officers...? he longer calls the shooting "justfied." the mayor scolded him for that. but --- he says just look at this video -- the lapel camera video. it's gone viral, by the way. he says these officers were doing everything they could to arrest this man -- 38-year-old james boyd -- who was armed with knives -- without having to shoot him. the mayor called it horrific. others called it disturbing. call it whatever you want. the tail end of this lapel video is not easy to watch. still, chief gorden eden says it largely explains why, on friday, he said the shooting was justified. although he will not use the word "justified" now, he wants critics to recognize his officers did a lot to appease james boyd before they shot him. regardless of what he, or you, or anyone believes, we'll have to wait until the d-a, the independent review office, the sheriff's office, and state police weigh-in. oh, and people at the department of justice too. the mayor called them. chief eden says that was a good call. he also called las cruces p-d to review the case. because fact is -- --all of those agencies need to complete their investigations before we definitively draw conclusions. remember, officers used lethal and non-lethal force at almost the exact same time. the chief would not get into all of the specifics about that. but he says those are split- second decisions that investigators will analyze.
Posted by AVN Staff at 9:40 AM