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March to protest police shooting in the foothills

Updated: 03/25/2014 7:42 AM | Created: 03/25/2014 7:18 AM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A protest will take place Tuesday night in downtown Albuquerque. Some people are upset with the police department after last week's officer-involved shooting in the foothills.

Police said 38-year-old James Boyd was illegally camping in the area and after a long standoff, he was shot and killed.

Since the shooting, residents have been speaking up, especially when it comes to the comment from APD Chief Gordon Eden last Friday. He told the media he believes the shooting was justified.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 spoke to Eden Monday night and he said he was wrong to call it justified. But he still believes officers did the right thing.

"My opinion was my opinion and it was based on what not only I has seen, but what I was told," Eden said.

Mayor Richard Berry was also upset that Eden jumped to conclusions so quickly. "He made a mistake. He made a mistake. He never should have said that when he said it. I think he was asked an honest question. I think he gave what he thought was an honest answer," Berry said.

KOB learned six outside agencies will review the case, including Las Cruces police.

At tonight's protest, demonstrators will meet at Central and 1st Street to march to APD headquarters while carrying a symbolic coffin. Before the march, protesters will hold a ceremony for Boyd at 6 p.m.


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