Published January 08, 2015
The Albuquerque Police Department has released new footage of the events that led up to officers fatally shooting a homeless man in March — a shooting that sparked a violent protest and angry calls for reform.
Videos released late Wednesday show a number of officers surrounding 38-year-old James Boyd as police try to get him to surrender from his Sandia foothill camp site.
On one video, Boyd, is heard telling officers he doesn't want to come down because they will shoot him. An officer responds, "no, we wouldn't."
Video from a helmet camera later shows Boyd gathering his belongings before officers opened fire. He died at a hospital.
That shooting led to widespread calls for reform. The U.S. Justice Department released a scathing review of the agency's use of force.