James Boyd's family discusses wrongful death lawsuit

Updated: 07/10/2015 1:09 PM | Created: 06/30/2014 6:48 PM
By: Chris Ramirez, KOB Eyewitness News

Andrew Jones, James Boyd’s brother and the trustee of his estate, filed a lengthy wrongful death lawsuit Friday against the City of Albuquerque.

Contained in the civil complaint are 17 demands that would force the Albuquerque Police Department to change hiring practices, policies, better train officers, and create a specialized group of healthcare professionals who respond alongside police when confronted with a crisis dealing with homeless or mentally ill people.

But since the lawsuit was filed, some people on social media are questioning Jones’ motives and wondering where Boyd’s family was before his death.

Boyd was killed in March 2014 when APD officers took a call from a homeowner complaining about an illegal camper in the foothills of Albuquerque.

After a several hour long standoff, two APD officers opened fire on Boyd.

He was armed with a small kitchen knife.

Jones responded during a Skype interview from Alabama exclusively with KOB-TV.

“The main thing is to work on ending homelessness,” Jones said. “That's the main part of the lawsuit. I was born and raised in New Mexico. That is my calling. And my brother lived there most of his life. The main thing is my family wants change.”

Jones explained that his brother was incarcerated for years.

After he was released, Boyd instantly fell into homelessness and his schizophrenia spiraled out of control.

Finding Boyd was impossible.

“I tried to contact him for years---my mother has, my sister has, we've all be trying to find him, but of course with being homeless, it’s hard to find someone who is homeless,” Jones said. “I had planned a trip to come down because I narrowed it down to the Albuquerque/Alamogordo area, but it was too late."

The lawsuit demands justice and change.

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