Albuquerque Police Officer (APD) Keith Sandy didn't know he was being recorded on March 16 when he told another officer that he was going to shoot a homeless man named James Boyd, who was allegedly camping illegally in the Sandia Mountain area in New Mexico.
Two hours later, Officer Sandy would shoot Boyd in the back.
According to the Associated Press, Boyd was shot three times and later died at the University of New Mexico Hospital.
On March 21, KRQE reported that APD chief Gorden Eden said that a video (below) from a police helmet camera proved that the shooting of the unarmed homeless man was justified.
The APD has refused multiple requests from KOB 4 for information about the shooting, but somehow KOB 4 obtained and aired a video (below) that was recorded by New Mexico State Police Officer Chris Ware's dashcam on his cruiser.
On the video, Officers Sandy and Ware discuss Boyd.
"For this f-------- lunatic?" said Officer Sandy. "I'm going to shoot him in the penis with a shotgun here in a second."
Officer Ware then asks Officer Sandy if he has a less lethal weapon.
Officer Sandy confirms that he has a "Taser shotgun."
“Two hours later he's escalating the situation so he can do just that,” Shannon Kennedy, who reps Boyd’s family in a lawsuit against the APD, told KOB 4. “It's chilling evidence and stunning that he has not been criminally indicted. He says to a state police officer ‘that f'ing lunatic, I'm going to shoot him in the penis.' It's crystal clear and he says it with contempt in his voice."
According to KOB 4, APD internal investigators asked Officer Sandy about the remark, to which he responded, "Jokingly, just kind of locker room banter, just told him, you know, ‘Don’t worry. I’ll shoot him in the pecker with this and call it good.’”
Kennedy countered, “Of course it’s not a joke because he went forward and actually shot him. Clearly he has complete disregard for people suffering from mental disabilities. He calls him an expletive lunatic and then in the next breath says I'm going to shoot him in the penis."
"What is so mortifying about this shooting, and thank goodness we have a tape to show exactly what he did, which is instead of shooting him in the penis, he shoots him in the lower back," added Kennedy. "So had James Boyd not turned around at that moment to set down his bags, he would have been shot in the penis.”