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Lawyers for Boyd family question use of silencers on APD guns

Created: 05/07/2014 7:26 PM
By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The attorneys for James Boyd's family are calling attention to a silencer on an APD officer's gun. 

They say it's an example of the department's aggressive gun culture that was criticized by the Department of Justice.

The shooting of James Boyd in the Sandia foothills sparked nationwide outrage, but attorneys representing the Boyd family say silencers on some APD officers' guns are also a problem.

The Kennedy Law Firm says silencers on officers' guns are unneccessary.

A letter sent to the city by the law firm states: "The city's permissive policy on private weapon use amongst officers has contributed to a culture of gun fetish that lead to the unlawful death of James Boyd."

The Department of Justice's report on APD found "officers see the guns as status symbols."

After their training, officers are allowed to carry non-standard issued weapons.

The DOJ said many officers purchase expensive, high-powered guns, and that fondness for powereful weaponry illustrates an aggresive culture.

KOB reached out to APD to ask what their policy is regarding gun silencers but did not get a reply.


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