New Albuquerque Police Shooting Probe Sought

Mar 26, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police oversight panel members are demanding an independent investigation into the fatal police shooting of a homeless man.

Authorities said 38-year-old James Boyd died after officers fired stun guns, bean bags and six live rounds. Police said Boyd had 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.

Police Oversight Task Force members said they want a review of Albuquerque police and the Second Judicial District Attorney's Office.

Chair Andrew Lipman says the task force wants the city to adopt several reforms.

The shooting is being investigated by five outside agencies. Mayor Richard Berry announced Monday he has asked La Cruces police to join the investigation.