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Officers Will Be Tried for Murder Over Infamous Death of Albuquerque Homeless Man

Albuquerque Police EVOC Vehicles.
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A judge has ordered a trial in the case of two Albuquerque police officers who shot and killed a homeless, mentally ill man after a standoff in March 2014, the AP reports. Officers Dominique Perez and Keith Sandy were part of a group that was removing James Boyd, 38, from a foothills campsite he’d made for himself; in a widely circulated video of the incident, police shout at Boyd to get on the ground and then shoot him in the back and arms as he turns away from them. He’s believed to have been holding two knives during the incident:

In recent years Albuquerque police have been involved in fatal shootings at one of the highest rates of any American police department.