March planned in protest of foothills shooting

Updated: 03/24/2014 1:03 PM | Created: 03/24/2014 1:01 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

A march is planned for Tuesday in protest of the officer-involved shooting death of a man in the foothills.

Protesters will meet downtown at Central and 1st to march to the Albuquerque police headquarters at 6 p.m.

Last Sunday, two officers shot 38-year-old James Boyd while confronting him in an open-space on Piedra Vista Road NE. Police said the suspect was armed with knives and refused to drop them after the officers used non-lethal force.

But in lapel camera video of the incident, Boyd can be heard saying, "Please don't hurt me, I can't move."

Police said the officers used a Taser, beanbag rounds, bullets and a K-9 unit. Boyd died at UNM Hospital after the incident.

At a press conference last Friday, APD Chief Gorden Eden said he thought the shooting was justified. But some state leaders say Albuquerque officers need to be trained better.

State Sen. Michael Padilla said he was concerned with the chief's reaction to the shooting.

"There are a lot of hard working police officers in this case," State Sen. Michael Padilla said. "Maybe something happened and we don't know that, but to hear the chief of police immediately come forward and say, 'Hey there's nothing to see here, nothing wrong here,' I think that's egregious and I'm very concerned about that."

This comes as APD faces an investigation from the U.S. Department of Justice in 36 police shooting cases. Mayor Richard Berry's office has not yet commented about the issue.

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