James Boyd shooting brings attention to mentally ill

Updated: 04/13/2014 10:22 PM | Created: 04/13/2014 10:21 PM
By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The shooting of James Boyd not only put the spotlight on the Albuquerque Police Department, but the needs of the mentally ill and homeless.

City Councilor Isaac Benton tells KOB Eyewitness News 4 he has never seen this kind of a public outcry before.

He says it is clear that the needs of the mentally ill and homeless require more attention.    

"We lived in parks, alleys and stuff some place where it's safe," said Teresa and Pete, who are part of the large homeless population in Albuquerque.

Teresa says they are getting back on their feet but it was not without the programs made available by the city.

It is these kinds of programs that City Councilor Isaac Benton wants to expand with more funding.

"There are places where funds get shifted," said Benton "That is the prerogative of the council and it's a reflection of what the council's priorities are."

Benton says this is in light of the James Boyd shooting.

Boyd was schizophrenic, homeless, and had many run-ins with the law.

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