CRIME

Chief: Albuquerque police officer's language before man's fatal shooting is 'unacceptable'

FILE - In this file photo taken from a video shot March 16, 2014, James Boyd, 38, left, is shown during a standoff with officers in the Sandia foothills in Albuquerque, N.M., before police fatally shot him. An Albuquerque police officer's comments and behavior before a fatal shooting that sparked a protest and FBI investigation were "completely unacceptable," the city's police chief said Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. In an interview with The Associated Press, Chief Gorden Eden said officer Keith Sandy violated department policy when he used profanity to describe a 38-year-old mentally ill homeless man. (AP Photo/Albuquerque Police Department, File )

FILE - In this file photo taken from a video shot March 16, 2014, James Boyd, 38, left, is shown during a standoff with officers in the Sandia foothills in Albuquerque, N.M., before police fatally shot him. An Albuquerque police officer's comments and behavior before a fatal shooting that sparked a protest and FBI investigation were "completely unacceptable," the city's police chief said Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. In an interview with The Associated Press, Chief Gorden Eden said officer Keith Sandy violated department policy when he used profanity to describe a 38-year-old mentally ill homeless man. (AP Photo/Albuquerque Police Department, File )  (The Associated Press)

Albuquerque's police chief says it's "completely unacceptable" that an officer used foul language and called a man he later fatally shot a "lunatic."

Chief Gorden Eden told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Officer Keith Sandy violated department policy when he used an expletive to describe a 38-year-old man struggling with mental illness.

Authorities say Sandy was one of two officers who shot James Boyd following an hours-long standoff in the Sandia foothills in March. That shooting later sparked a violent protest in Albuquerque and an FBI investigation.

In a recording released Monday, Sandy is heard telling a New Mexico State Police sergeant that Boyd was a lunatic who he planned to shoot.

The sergeant later said Sandy was referring to using a stun gun.