APD Chief: Threat Directed At Officer Justifies Foothills Shooting



” Video from an officer’s helmet camera raises many questions about an officer-involved shooting Sunday in the foothills.

  As the suspect appears to surrender, police move in and ultimately shoot James Boyd, 38, several times with assault rifles. 

  Boyd had agreed to end a three-hour standoff and walk down the hill. First, he tried to make sure police will keep their word. 

” Don’t change up the agreement. I’m going to try and walk now. Don’t try to harm me. If you keep your word, I can keep you safe,” says Boyd to officers. 

  Boyd’s hands are empty. He puts on his backpack. He reaches down to pick up a thermos, puts it in his right hand and grabs a blue bag in his left hand.

  Just as he takes his first step to walk down police set off a flash-bang grenade. It fills the area with smoke to distract Boyd as a K-9 rushes him.

  The question police refuse to answer Friday was why they fired the flash-bang, when Boyd had all of his belongings and started walking down the hill. As the situation escalates, Boyd reaches both hands into his pockets and pulls out what appears to be knives. “



   Read more at the KOAT … HT/FreeThoughtProject … Watch the video at the KOAT link and you will learn the one of the officers involved , Keith Sandy , was fired from the NM State police for fraud but never prosecuted and ultimately hired by the Albuquerque PD where he now serves as a detective .