“Two police officers in Albuquerque, New Mexico, will face charges for killing a homeless camper, their lawyers say.”
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The fatal shooting in March last year sparked city protests, some violent, and came amid a federal investigation into the police department’s practices.
A year-long US investigation found Albuquerque police had inappropriately killed suspects and used more force on those with mental illnesses.
in a rare move, cops charged with murder
Protests against the city’s police department happened before nationwide protests over the shooting deaths of unarmed black men and women by police in various US cities.
The Albuquerque police department has had more than three dozen police shootings since 2010.
The justice department ordered the city to reduce the use of deadly force in April, but another woman suspected of stealing a lorry was shot and killed weeks later.
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Boyd was killed in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains on the east side of Albuquerque following a stand-off.
Protests against Boyd’s killing occurred after a video emerged of police shooting him, filmed from a helmet camera.
In the video, Boyd appears to be surrendering when police shoot a stun grenade at him.
After the smoke clears, Boyd holds two small knives in his hands and police shoot him several times after yelling at him to get on the ground.
Police then tell him to put his hands out to the side and drop the knife, to which Boyd replies he can’t move.
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[Ventura County, California criminal defense lawyer and State Bar Certified Criminal Law Specialist Jay Leiderman provides defense of cases involving oppression leveled against activists and hacktivists. He does all types of cases involving the digital revolution, civil rights, political dissent, emerging tech issues in the courts, piracy, Search and seizure issues, freedom on the internet, fighting against unjust systems, governmental and prosecutorial overreach, medical marijuana, and overall injustice. Jay fights for the underdog. Jay is a lifetime member of the NORML Legal Committee. He wrote the first-ever defense of medical marijuana cases book in California. Jay is pro-privacy for the individual and believes in transparency for the state and large corporations. He is also a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), The National Lawyer’s Guild (NLG), The California Public Defender’s Association (CPDA) and is also a lifetime member of California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ). He is admitted to practice in state and federal courts.]