ACTION ALERT: Ask ABQ Mayor Berry to Reform APD

JamesBoyd2 ACTION ALERT: Ask ABQ Mayor Berry to Reform APD

The scene shortly before APD officers shot and killed James Boyd, a homeless man with a history of mental illness.

On Sunday, March 16, the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) sent a heavily armed unit to confront James Boyd, a homeless man who was “camping illegally” in the Sandia Foothills. The encounter ended with officers shooting and killing him. This is just the latest in a series of APD-initiated shootings that have made headlines in recent years.

Enough is enough. Ask Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry to change the training and culture of APD so these tragedies are not repeated.

Many of you have already watched the disturbing footage of the incident captured on one of the officer’s helmet cameras as officers gun down a seemingly compliant Boyd. APD chief Gordon Eden was quick to proclaim the shooting “justified,” but the video footage leaves us with questions.

Thankfully, the U.S. Department of Justice is already looking into the APD’s use of force. The ACLU of New Mexico is pressing the Department of Justice to include Boyd’s death in its investigation.

Urge Mayor Berry to take responsibility for implementing much-needed reforms of APD’s officer training and use of force policies.

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4 comments on “ACTION ALERT: Ask ABQ Mayor Berry to Reform APD
  1. [email protected] says:

    Why is nobody questioning fact that city cops are murdering people in an area clearly outside of the city?

  2. jomal alcober says:

    I am appalled by this form of police bullying and blatant murder escapades. Isn’t it time for Albuquerque to establish an effective non-biased Civilian Review Board that specifically addresses police misconduct with enough authority that can determine these types of cases and impose stiff penalties regardless of rank? Such Review Boards in major urban centers have existed for decades which have reduced such criminal police activity.

  3. Richard Andre says:

    The news coming out of ABQ for over a year says “Do not come here, either the crime is out of control or the police are”. I’ll go to Lubbock if I have to have another operation. Say goodbye to more than tourist dollars and growth.

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