There is a huge controversy over the police shooting death of a homeless and mentally ill man, James Boyd, who was illegally camping. The victim refused orders to surrender by police officers. The stand-off lasted for 3 hours until he was shot by the police. Boyd died soon after.
Protesters took to the streets in Albuquerque saying excessive force was used against Boyd and that Boyd appeared to be turning away from officers when they fired six rounds at him. The police chief said that the shooting was justified because Boyd was threatening the canine office with his knife. However, with this public outcry since that statement he made a week ago, he has actually back tracked on his statement although police have admitted to no wrong doing.
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More than 1000 people marched to the Albuquerque police headquarters not only in protest of Boyd’s death, but the police killings of 23 people in Albuquerque in the last four years. That is far above the national average for a city of Albuquerque’s size.
America is quickly becoming a tyrannical police state with trigger happy cops.
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