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FBI investigating Albuquerque police over shooting death of camper

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On March 16, police from Albuquerque, N.M. shot and killed 38-year-old James Boyd in the Sandia Foothills after a standoff that lasted for hours, as Boyd, described as a homeless camper, was threatening police with a small knife. Reportedly, the fatal shot to the homeless man by police came as Boyd appeared to be surrendering to authorities on the scene.

On March 28, the FBI opened a criminal investigation into that shooting, according to Yahoo! News .

The FBI has had the Albuquerque police on its radar for years, and over one year ago initiated a civil rights probe into the department “over allegations of excessive force and a spike in police shootings.”

Dating back to 2010, police in Albuquerque have had occasion to shoot at 37 suspects, killing 23.

The FBI said that its investigating the Albuquerque police in regards to Boyd’s shooting death, to "assure the public that a thorough and fair investigation will be conducted."

Regarding Boyd’s death at the hands of the Albuquerque police:

He died after officers fired stun guns, bean bags and six live rounds, the authorities said.

But a helmet-camera video showed Mr. Boyd agreeing to walk down the mountain with them, gathering his things and taking a step toward officers just before they fired. – The New York Times

Albuquerque’s mayor, Richard Berry, welcomed the FBI investigation, referring to it as "the right thing, right now. We need answers as a community."

Much of the action between Boyd and the Albuquerque police was all caught on tape. For more on the story, see the video accompanying this article.

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