ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Today, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Mexico responded to the news that the Albuquerque District Attorney’s Office will charge Albuquerque Police Department (APD) officer Dominique Perez and former APD officer Keith Sandy with murder for the March, 2014 shooting of homeless camper James Boyd. The following quote may be attributed to ACLU of New Mexico Executive Director Peter Simonson:

“The charges filed today against the officers who shot and killed homeless camper James Boyd are a sign that our city is no longer willing to ignore the use of excessive force against people in our community. Law enforcement officers have a difficult job, but they are not above the law. A badge is not a license to kill without consequence, and officers must be held accountable before the laws they are sworn to uphold.”