Protest of Albuquerque Police Shooting Planned

Mar 25, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Demonstrators are planning to protest the shooting of a man in the Sandia foothills by Albuquerque police.

A coalition of various groups will gather downtown Tuesday evening before marching to Albuquerque police headquarters.

Police Chief Gorden Eden says two officers unloaded three shots each after a 38-year-old James Boyd made threatening moves and refused to drop a knife.

Eden says police first used bean-bags and stun guns to try to disarm the man.

Boyd, who police say had a lengthy criminal record, later died.

A police helmet camera video shows Boyd turning away as officers unloaded with beanbags, stun guns and live rounds.

The shooting comes as the department is under a U.S. Justice Department investigation over excessive force and three dozen police shootings since 2010.