ABQ police release camper shooting video

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By Associated Press


ALBUQUERQUE. (AP) — The Albuquerque Police Department released new video of the events that led up to officers fatally shooting a homeless man in March — a shooting that sparked a violent protest and angry calls for reform.

On one of the videos released Wednesday, James Boyd, 38, is heard telling officers that he didn't want to come down because he feared police would shoot him. An officer responds, "No, we wouldn't."

The footage shows a number of officers surrounding James Boyd as police try to get him to surrender from his Sandia foothills campsite during the hours-long standoff. Boyd pulled out two knives on officers who had initially approached him and repeatedly threatened to kill officers, the videos showed.

At times, the video shows Boyd, who police and health officials said suffered from schizophrenia, telling officers he's a government agent and speaking of various plots against him.

In another video, an officer is heard saying to another: "Try to keep him occupied then. We have a plan to take him into custody."

Previously released video from a helmet camera showed Boyd gathering his belongings in an apparent agreement to surrender. Officers then opened fire.

Boyd later died at a hospital.

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