Foothills standoff video catches attention of city, state leaders

Updated: 03/24/2014 8:27 AM | Created: 03/23/2014 6:34 PM
By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Two stun gun rounds, six rounds of gunfire, a bean bag and a K-9 unit.

That is how officers brought down 38-year-old James Boyd last Sunday.

Boyd was heard on video surrendering to police after a long standoff in the foothills.

The entire ordeal was caught on lapel video, which has caught the attention of city and state leaders.

"We need to look at some changes within the department, but I think more importantly we need to restore confidence in the Albuquerque police department,” City Council President Ken Sanchez said.

Sanchez says he would like to see the Department of Justice become more involved with the Albuquerque Police Department and this case specifically.

State Senator Michael Padilla says he has been responding to worried constituents.

He says he was disturbed not only by the video, but by APD Police Chief Gorden Eden’s comments that the shooting was justified.

"I'm very concerned about the chief of police immediately jumping to conclusions," Padilla said. "I think we all know with camera on the lapel video--something definitely happened."

Sanchez says he is concerned about how the public sees APD.

"We need to work hard to restore confidence in the men and women who work for the Albuquerque Police Department," Sanchez said.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 also spoke with city councilor Don Harris on Sunday.

He told KOB that APD officers need more training on how to handle situations with mentally ill people.

Harris hopes to work with the mayor on the issues, but Mayor Richard Berry has been silent on the video and the issue. 

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