Police Murder a Man for Camping


Albuquerque, New Mexico police have murdered a man for camping in a non-camping area. James Boyd, a 38 year-old man was killed last Sunday in what authorities call a justified kill. Head camera footage show officers armed with assault rifles approaching Boyd on the Sandia Foothills. They exchange words about what the following action should be while Boyd gathers his belongings from the camp.

He agrees to proceed towards the officers and tells the police that he is not a murderer. Clearly fearful of his life, Boyd explains his actions as he does them and asks the cops not to change the agreement while he tries to walk towards them. a flashbang was deployed disorienting Boyd as police shout commands to get on the ground. Seconds later, six shots were fired and Boyd falls, murdered by trigger happy police.

The Albuquerque police department claimed the officers were in the right by taking shots at the man from yards away. Threats were clamoured from Boyd as Chief of Police¬†Gorden Eden explains the officer’s innocence. He mentions that Boyd had a number of misconduct charges and that made him a danger to police. He also mentions Boyd having a history of mental health issues. The police were called to remove Boyd from a makeshift campground in an illegal area. The police deployed a flashbang grenade and an attack dog on Boyd in a non-lethal attempt to take him into custody. Then they opened fire. The APD was willing to present the footage of one officer’s helmet camera to the public and can be viewed below the main body of this article.

This shooting occurred while the APD is under investigation by the United States Justice Department over claims of excessive force and a dozens of police shootings in the past three years. Clearly this investigation presents a less than professional police force in New Mexico. What is witnessed by the use of deadly force on a mentally unstable patient and the fire first mentality of the police show a transition from friendly police officers attempting to help a community to military soldiers putting down any resistance. The use of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams has risen exponentially since their initial creation in the 60’s.

A total of ten seconds were given between the popping of the flashbang and the first shots were fired and Boyd was killed. Boyd is heard saying “keep your word” in reference to the police offering him a deal and he going with them peacefully as it seems he was fully willing to do. He was of no serious threat to multiple armed officers and an attack dog after surrendering to authorities. The police were called to stop one homeless man from illegally camping on public property and ended that man’s life instead. A history of criminality does not mean the police have the right to be the jury and executioner of a man who was surrendering.

James Boyd was clearly not mentally well claiming he was an agent of former President Gerald Ford. Police giving no attempt to accept his surrender and not taking the chance to arrest him lawfully but instead shooting him is murder. A badge should not allow for this kind of conduct. Lethal force should be the last resort after all other options are resolved. A taser was never used in the engagement.

Opinion by Andy Diaz

We Are Change
Albuquerque News 13
ABC News
Santa Fe New Mexican

7 Responses to "Police Murder a Man for Camping"

  1. What next?   March 31, 2014 at 4:53 am

    Cold blooded murder. There is no other way to describe it. Boyd had complied and surrendered. Then he is shot to death following deployment of a) stun grenade b) dog. Officer should be put on trial for murder. If you tolerate this then your children will be next.

  2. 190e-16v   March 27, 2014 at 7:13 am

    I viewed this first on the Phil DeFranco show on YouTube. Disgusting! But could you expect anything less? The true culprits are the companies that vendor their wares to the police. Tasers, grenades, mace, what-have-you aids that encourage out-of-control police to handle these ‘Genie in the bottle’ just to find reason to dispense. Eventually, the public will come back to reality, but only when they wake up behind bars(if their murder doesn’t occur first).

  3. Rob   March 24, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    LIES Badger there was no hours long standoff or knife…that complete lies by the fascist/nwo/communists such as your self he had no knife they surrounded him charged him and then murdered him for camping while playing ti and making it look like procedure a typical Nazi tactic to make things that are blatantly unlawful appear lawful You are the typical pig and polcie state worshipper who worships thugs…back in 1956 one lone unarmed sheriff would have walked up that hill saw him camping and kept on walking….No honest decent human being can consider camping in teh desert miles from the city a crime he said he was homeless he had no mental issues etc thi is all fed fabricated unsubstanited horsehit courtesy of our fascist gov…If dont obey you get murdered, if you obey aka saddle up your camping gear and saw im not a murderer in reaction to the sheer amount of aggressive provoking behaviour of jack booted thugs storming on your campsite which did nto take hours but minutes…and say your coming down Liars like you are the next we are gonna string up for your crimes

  4. XRGRSF   March 24, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Badger, you either didn’t watch the vid or you’re a troll, while I’m one of the X-cops who gave it up because of murdering thugs like this. The man was no threat at all. He had no weapon, and he complied with all commands until he was impared by the stun grenade. It may come as a surprise to you, and others, but that’s why they’re called stun grenades. Now the cops will walk away laughing, and brag about their rightous shoot. After all, they followed procedures.

  5. Burton Rembrandt   March 24, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    How was Boyd supposed to be able to hear the police commanding him to drop to the ground? They’d just detonated a flashbang near his feet: rendering him temporarily deaf.

    Never mind disorientation or mental illness. This could have happened to anyone.

  6. Rudy Haugeneder   March 24, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    America the good?

    Reminds me of the a saying from Vietnam protest days in the US of A: “Justice society. Just for the Rich.”

    Honest cops everywhere will protest this murder.

  7. Badger   March 23, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Nice op-ed piece. I call it that because it fails to report the facts as other sources have and has a focus on opinion rather that reporting. No mention of knives, no mention of the hours long standoff. And the title itself leads people to believe that the sole reason for his being shot was that he was camping. Bravo!

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