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 The above image is from a police helmet camera shows Albuquerque police officers surrounding James Boyd. (Screenshot via APD)

The above image is from a police helmet camera shows Albuquerque police officers surrounding James Boyd. (Screenshot via APD)

In Rare Turn, New Mexico Police to Stand Trial for Murder of Unarmed Homeless Man

The case marks the first instance any member of the Albuquerque police force has faced public murder trial for actions made on the job, despite a record of excessive and lethal force.

Lauren McCauley

Marking an "unusual" development in the nationwide debate over police accountability, two New Mexico police officers have been ordered to stand trial for the shooting death of an unarmed homeless man, James Boyd.

Pro Tem Judge Neil Candelaria ruled on Tuesday that there was probable cause for Officer Dominique Perez and former Detective Keith Sandy to face trial for the murder of Boyd, whose March 2014 shooting went viral after being captured on video, sparking protests and outrage.

"It's unusual for a judge to order police officers to stand trial for murder—even as the country debates use of force by police and sees protests in far-flung places over shootings by officers," the Associated Press noted. The case marks the first instance any member of the Albuquerque police force has faced public murder trial for actions made on the job, despite a record of excessive and lethal force.


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Grave Warnings as Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Case That Threatens 'Future of Voting Rights'

"Buckle up," implores one prominent legal scholar. "An extreme decision here could fundamentally alter the balance of power in setting election rules in the states and provide a path for great threats to elections."

Brett Wilkins ·


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"The catastrophic impact of this decision cannot be understated," said Rep. Pramila Jayapal, but "we cannot accept defeat."

Kenny Stancil ·


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"Time for people to see a real, forceful push for it," said the New York Democrat. "Use the bully pulpit. We need more."

Jake Johnson ·


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"Now is the turn for Congress to get rid of Title 42, and provide a solution to the weakened asylum system in place, to provide a humane and fair alternative to vulnerable children, families, and individuals fleeing unsafe conditions and persecution."

Brett Wilkins ·


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"It could be over for the Senate Dems now," said one policy expert in response. "This could mean they effectively lost their majority."

Jon Queally ·

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