Mayor: Wrong To Say Albuquerque Shooting Justified

Mar 25, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry says it was wrong for Police Chief Gorden Eden to say officers were justified in killing a homeless camper in the Sandia foothills. And Berry said Monday he wants to bring in outsiders to help investigate.

In a rare show of public displeasure with the city's troubled police department, Berry criticized Albuquerque's new police chief for making a "premature" judgment about the fatal shooting that left 38-year-old James Boyd dead.

Authorities said Boyd died after officers unloaded stun guns, bean bags and six live rounds. Eden said Boyd threatened to kill officers and held onto knives as an unarmed K-9 officer approached him.

A helmet camera video showed Boyd gathering his belongings then turning away right before officers fired.