Officers won’t face federal charges in killing of mentally ill man


James Boyd
James Boyd, police shooting

source: New York Times
published: 18 July 2017

Two police officers in Albuquerque will not face federal charges in the 2014 shooting death of James Boyd, a homeless man with paranoid schizophrenia, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

“After a careful and thorough review into the facts surrounding the shooting, federal investigators determined that there is insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt a violation of the federal statute,” the United States attorney’s office in New Mexico said in a statement announcing the closing of an inquiry into possible criminal civil rights violations.

The statement added, “The evidence, when viewed as whole, indicates that the officers fired only after reasonably perceiving that Boyd posed a serious threat of physical harm to a fellow officer.”

The two officers, Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez, encountered Mr. Boyd on March 16, 2014, in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains outside the city, where Mr. Boyd had been camping illegally. After the officers approached him, releasing a sound grenade and a police dog, Mr. Boyd produced two pocketknives, one in each hand, as seen in body-camera footage released by the police.

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