Federal prosecutors close investigation into police shooting of James Boyd
By Brian Seay
A screenshot from the helmet camera of one of 19 officers on hand during a March 2014 standoff that left James Boyd dead. (Photo: YouTube)
Federal prosecutors in New Mexico announced Tuesday there’s insufficient evidence to bring charges against two Albuquerque officers who shot and killed James Boyd, a homeless, mentally ill man, in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains more than three years ago.
Investigators reviewed video recordings, witness statements, ballistics, and other evidence and determined that officers fired “only after reasonably perceiving…a serious threat of physical harm to a fellow officer,” according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Mexico.
Albuquerque Police Officer Dominique Perez’s helmet cam was rolling when he and more than a dozen other officers engaged 38-year-old Boyd on March 16, 2014. Boyd, a paranoid schizophrenic, had been illegally camping on the mountain for a month. After a four hour standoff with law enforcement, Boyd appeared to comply with officers’ demands and gathered his items to leave the area. That’s when a flash bang was thrown in his direction and a K-9 lunged towards him.
Boyd dropped his items and brandished two knives. Officers yelled at Boyd to “get on the ground” but he stood