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A motion to dismiss murder charges against two Albuquerque police officers who killed a mentally ill homeless man was denied as the criminal case continues. A body camera captured the killing of James Boyd. Under the judge’s denial, Albuquerque police officer Dominique Perez and former detective Keith Sandy are facing second-degree murder charges for the fatal shooting of Boyd in the Sandia foothills in March 2014. Boyd was killed after a stand-off that lasted almost three hours.
“In this case it is clear the shooting officers intended to shoot and kill James Matthew Boyd, so it is more proper to be in front of a jury with a second-degree murder charge than on a charge such as involuntary manslaughter,” said Kennedy, who negotiated a $5 million wrongful death settlement between the city and Boyd’s family.
The defense argued there was no evidence showing that police officers Perez and Sandy didn’t act like “reasonable” police officers when they shot Boyd, and there was no evidence that Boyd had surrendered, according to the Albuquerque Journal. Police body camera footage, however, shows Boyd had gathered his belongings and agreed to walk down the slope where he was camping illegally. Officer Sandy threw a stun grenade near him, Officer Richard Ingram shot him with a Taser and a police K-9 was sicced on Boyd, who suffered from schizophrenia. Seconds later, after Boyd pulled out his knives, Perez and Sandy shot him.
I would really like to see justice for Boyd , Some of you might say "his family got 5mil , that's justice " No amount of money can be put on a life .
originally posted by: andy06shake
a reply to: Kapusta
Like another person suggested his family don't seem to be entitled to any cash monies considering they did not seem to care for the poor Man in life to a suitable fashion. End of the day its the Police responsible i wish to see imprisoned regarding the atrocity of murdering a vulnerable member of society.
Hopefully they do some hard time, make lots and lots of new friends inside, and end up walking somewhat bow legged with there farts sounding like a whisper in the wind. Then again chance would be a fine thing indeed.
originally posted by: windword
a reply to: Subaeruginosa
I agree that it doesn't seem right that the family should get rich off of this tragedy. But, money is speech, according to SCOTUS. And, money is the only thing that will hurt enough to make the changes that seem to be needed.
That being said, I would like to see a good portion of that money, if awarded, go to police training programs, rather than to "police tragedy lottery winners".