Homeless Man Shot In The Back After 'Illegal Camping' (Video)

| by Allison Geller

A homeless man was killed by the Albuquerque, New Mexico police. An autopsy reveals that the man, James Boyd, was shot in the back and had his arm amputated before he died. Graphic footage from the shooting shows that he had turned away from the officers before they opened fire. 

38-year-old Boyd underwent multiple surgical procedures to control the bleeding from gunshot wounds, including one in his lower back, the Associated Press reports. He died the next day, according to the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator report.

The death is listed as a homicide.

Boyd had been camping illegally in the foothills of the Sandia Mountain. A long standoff with officers resulted in the shooting just after Boyd began gathering his things.

The victim suffered from schizophrenia.

Police said the shooting was justified because Boyd was carrying knives. Boyd had been previously arrested for altercations with police officers, but the video footage shows him turning away from the police.

Footage from the incident incited a violent protest in the city, in which riot police used tear gas to control the crowd.

The FBI investigated the shooting, after which the U.S. Justice Department lambasted the APD’s unjust use of excessive forth with suspects who suffer from mental illness.

The department has shot 40 people since Boyd was killed in 2010.

The city of Albuquerque is negotiating reforms with the Justice Department, but it is expected to take months for measures to be agreed upon.

Sources: Associated Press, Vice