Police: No lapel camera video recovered from officer in fatal foothills shooting

Created: 06/12/2014 8:54 AM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

Albuquerque police confirm that no lapel camera video or audio were recovered from one of the police officers who shot and killed a homeless camper in the foothills in March.

APD spokesman Tanner Tixier said the department did not have footage from officer Keith Sandy's equipment. Sandy and officer Dominique Perez shot James Boyd during a standoff on March 16. Police said Boyd was illegally camping and refused to drop his knives when they confronted him.

New lapel camera video from Perez's equipment reveals part of a verbal exchange between an officer and Boyd.

Officer: "We're asking you to put the knives down… asking."
Boyd: "You have no business asking me to put my knives down."

Shortly after the exchange, Boyd was shot and killed. The autopsy report shows Boyd died from three gunshot wounds—one to his lower back.

In April, several independent sources told KOB Eyewitness News 4 that the FBI was taking a critical look at Sandy's actions in the police shooting.

Other police footage of the incident prompted international criticism and local protests against APD's use of force.

In the video, Boyd starts to gather his belongings when an officer is heard saying, "do it." A flash bang is fired and a police dog runs up to Boyd. Boyd drops his bags and reaches into his pockets. The officers yell "get on the ground" and Boyd can be seen turning away before gunshots are fired.

Using lapel cameras more effectively was a key recommendation in the Department of Justice's report on the Albuquerque Police Department. In their findings on APD, they write that use of lapel cameras has been "highly inconsistent," with officers forgetting to turn on cameras "numerous times."

The department's lapel camera policy mandates that officers use cameras on all high-stakes calls.

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