Santa Feans plan to protest Albuquerque police shooting

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Posted: Monday, March 24, 2014 9:30 pm | Updated: 4:26 pm, Tue Mar 25, 2014.

Some Santa Fe residents plan to join Albuquerque demonstrators Tuesday to protest against Albuquerque police officers who fatally shot a mentally ill homeless man after a March 16 confrontation.

After video of the incident from an officer’s helmet camera was released over the weekend, Albuquerque groups organized an evening protest that will start in downtown Albuquerque and end with a march to Albuquerque Police Department headquarters.

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  • Pierce Knolls posted at 12:42 pm on Wed, Mar 26, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1670

    He was a mentally ill hobo, not a ninja. In what way was he a threat to a group of armed police "warriors" who all had their guns out and had him in their sights?

  • David Pacheco posted at 9:46 am on Wed, Mar 26, 2014.

    David Pacheco Posts: 1

    Do you understand that these officers are nothing more than IGNORANT trained thugs who are borderline psychopaths? And when they don't hire psychopaths, they tend to pool from the most cowardly and immoral people in our society or individuals who wore bullied and abused in their youth. Lots of departments actually recruit low IQ individuals because they are aware that these people will follow the murderous police policies being enforced by police agencies (and the Rand Corporation), who are nothing more than an enforcement arm and collection agency for the banking oligarchy that rules the US and most of the world. New World Order Frauds and Degenerates - Rothschild, Rockefeller, Warburg - and the rest of the lot of scum. In fact, you are 8 times more likely to be killed by a POLICE OFFICER than a terrorists according to the 2004 National Safety Council report, the National Center for Health Statistics, the U.S. Census Bureau, and 2003 mortality data from the Center for Disease. Wake up America. Do you want a bunch of satanic elites ruling over you? Stand up for the truth and we will convert our society back to the way it was intended to be. Make freedom free.

  • Pat Shackleford posted at 11:10 pm on Tue, Mar 25, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 567

    I tried to leave a comment earlier asking any reporter to find-out what exactly is police (and union) procedure, post-shooting. I think the public has a right to know. The article I linked to is from March 2012, and at that time the officer's union was handing-over $300 to $500 after an officer was placed on leave after a shooting.

    With as many questionably-justified deaths as Albuquerque and Santa Fe have had by law enforcement, they have brought themselves under-the-microscope, hopefully. Each incident must be judged by the available evidence. My evaluation of this current case leads me to believe that the gang of sicks that took-down Mr. Boyd responded like freightened little girls.

  • Francisco Carbajal posted at 6:13 pm on Tue, Mar 25, 2014.

    FranciscoCarbajal Posts: 219

    Oh really? Do you truly understand on what happens when a police officer discharges his/her firearm in the official duties during a commission of a violent crime by an offender whether it is a male or female or young teenager or adult? Do you truly understand the emotional and physical dynamics of what occurs during a critical incident stress that a police officer has to deal with, especially if the use of force became a deadly situation and the violent suspect almost or nearly killed this officer? What if the scenario became a fatal afterwards, then, what happens to the emotional, financial, and spiritual peer support of this officer? Who cares, right? Said that, if the APD union gives checks to officer's who are involved in shootings violent suspects who are armed, what do you know about this process and are you accurate on your facts and allegations that this is an incentive program for APD officer's getting an itchy finger to pull the trigger as you say it is? Otherwise, if you cannot provide facts (btw, the abjournal.com isn't going to cut it), then, it is out of your league.......

  • Pat Shackleford posted at 1:34 pm on Tue, Mar 25, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 567


    APD officers get union checks after shootings. What other incentives besides paid time-off encourage an officer to scratch that itchy finger, and pull the trigger?

  • Peter Romero posted at 9:42 am on Tue, Mar 25, 2014.

    roromero Posts: 13

    I wonder how safe our comunities would be with no police ? I wonder how safe our comunities would be if police did nothing in such situations? in the past the public had an out cry for less that leathal methods, in this situation they were used and had no affect.
    When will the public let people take resoponsabiliaty for their actions, if your actions get you shot mabe you should rethink your actions.
    The blame needs to be put on the actions of individuals, if I go at a police officer with a knife odds are somthing bad will happen to me. I would have gave the officer very few options to defend him self.

  • Randal Doering posted at 9:09 am on Tue, Mar 25, 2014.

    Neodoering Posts: 47

    Hard to tell on this one. If this guy Boyd had a knife, the cops are justified in using lethal force against him. If he didn't have a knife, the cops overreacted. The cops have only a couple of seconds to respond and will usually respond in a way that protects them. It's foolish to wave a weapon at the cops, that's practically committing suicide. The police have a right to defend themselves from threats. It's a shame that this guy was killed, and by all means look into it to see if the police acted properly. To me it all hinges on whether or not Boyd had a knife in his hand when he was shot.

  • Michael Murray posted at 9:03 am on Tue, Mar 25, 2014.

    Mike M Posts: 62

    Justifiable or not this is symptomatic of the militarization of our police agencies nationwide. When the Dept of Agriculture, Social Security Administration, and towns as small as Espanola are fielding SWAT teams, the obvious question is "Why"?
    A study by Peter Kraska, “Researching the Police-Military Blur: Lessons Learned,”
    Police Forum14, no.3 (2005) showed that in the early 1980s there were 3,000 SWAT deployments per year, by 1996 there were 30,000, and
    by 2001 there were 40,000.
    Do the rest of the PD officers want to be in (and like) like the "big leagues"? Do the tactics and weapons look like SWAT? Of course they do.
    When the first SWAT team was formed in LA the acronym SWAT stood for Special Weapons Attack Team, but was later changed to the more PC name "Special Weapons And Tactics".
    For more info check out "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids in America
    By Radley Balko. Published by the CATO Institute and available free online.

  • Chris Cord posted at 8:55 am on Tue, Mar 25, 2014.

    Corder Posts: 21

    Sad ending but amazing how so many judging would never confront a dangerous person. Instead they will call for police to take care of them cause their scared. As you all read this article and make judgement ask yourself could I do this job. Place my life between danger and the community in a dangerous situation that doesn't have a time out button. An officers job is dangerous and many of the decisions they make are a result of what the person they are dealing with did first. To often we get nervous when we see two people arguing in a parking lot or when a drunk homeless approaches us to ask for money but our officers confront these people who scare us.

  • Francisco Carbajal posted at 7:34 am on Tue, Mar 25, 2014.

    FranciscoCarbajal Posts: 219

    As usual, the liberal Santa Fean's trying to make a news story. On the same note, Mayor Berry and the Albuquerque City Council should stop micro-managing the new Police Chief and the department he leads just because they are trying to appease the anti-cop public, period! If all of these anti-cop's and protesters really want to make these NM communities safe; they need to educate and teach the violent person to stop carrying dangerous weapons that will and have harmed innocent person's (citizen's), including police officer's in the past and future. Every time a person (whether violent or non-violent) interacts (traffic stops, non-investigatory stops, etc.) with a police officer, they need to comply and follow directions (verbal commands given by a police officer). Now, back to the Taos NMSP incident, the woman driver was not adhering to given verbal commands from a police officer and look what happened? And definitely, she used her vehicle as a weapon in the end, including her son who also assaulted the police officer. If the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating all of the police shootings that have occurred in Albuquerque, I guess they are never going to leave our state because this is a violent city with violent people who are carrying dangerous weapons to harm police officers as well as innocent people. Quit using the mentally ill person argument because even if they are not taking their medication, they know exactly on what they are doing.

  • Joseph Hempfling posted at 7:08 am on Tue, Mar 25, 2014.

    joehempfling Posts: 188

    Manslaughter plain and simple as seen in the chilling on the spot video. And then to set loose the attack dog on him as he layed there shot , is beyond comprehension.
    Or have "death squads" now come to America ? And for the Police Chief to say, in advance of any real investigation, that it was justifiable is irresponsible and unprofessional. And will justice be served, remains to be seen.

  • Nancy Udell posted at 6:24 am on Tue, Mar 25, 2014.

    Nancy Udell Posts: 5

    Chilling. Absolutely chilling.

  • Pat Shackleford posted at 1:53 am on Tue, Mar 25, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 567

    As Boyd, with hands full of his belonging, started to walk down towards his executioners, he said “I’m worried about safety. … I’m not a murderer.,”

    The cops looked at each other and nodded; "Haha; but we are, sucker!"


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