The Albuquerque Police Department’s use of deadly force is under fire again, after officers fatally shot a homeless man camping in the foothills last Sunday following a long standoff with officers.
“I’m shocked,” attorney Joe Kennedy told KRQE-TV of a new tape showing officers fatally shoot James Boyd. “I’ve never seen a murder captured on videotape before.”
The full video, released by APD, shows officers repeatedly giving instructions to Boyd, who refused to comply and allegedly threatened the lives of officers in the hours before the shooting. After deploying a flash bang, K9 and non-lethal rounds, Boyd is seen in the video slightly turning away. That’s when two officers fired three bullets each, causing the homeless man to collapse to the ground.