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Reinstatement pending for officer in James Boyd shooting, APD spokesperson says

Kasia Gregorczyk
February 27, 2017 06:18 PM

A former Albuquerque police officer who was once accused of murdering a mentally ill homeless camper wants his job back.

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On Friday, Bernalillo County District Attorney Raul Torrez announced his office will not pursue a retrial against Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez, the two former APD officers who shot and killed James Boyd back in 2014 following a standoff in the Foothills.

Perez's attorney Luis Robles said Perez still wants to go back and work for APD. A spokesperson for APD said they believe Perez still holds his law enforcement certification, but other questions remain.

KOB repeatedly asked the police department Monday about the process Perez would need to go through to potentially return to work as an officer. By the afternoon, KOB was told the department's legal team was still working on an answer.

"Mr. Perez's personnel appeal is still pending, and the city has reached out to his attorneys to discuss the conditions of his return to the department, including participating in all new training related to the department's reform efforts," said Celina Espinoza, the communications director for APD.

If Perez rejoined, he would need to make up 80 hours of updated use-of-force training on body cameras, community policing and cultural sensitivity.

Perez's lawyer seemed optimistic his client would return to the force.

"And I think the City of Albuquerque is more than receptive to giving him his job back," Robles said. "It's just a matter of terms."

The city did not have any information to provide about Perez getting his job back. However, information on the City of Albuquerque website states, "The Personnel Board shall render a decision upon the appeal of classified employees of the city who have been suspended without pay for more than five days, demoted for disciplinary reasons or discharged."

On Friday, APD did say that Perez's reinstatement would have to be evaluated.

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