Two Albuquerque police officers will be charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death last year of a homeless man in the mountains where he had been camping, a special prosecutor said Monday.
The shooting of the man, James Boyd, who video showed was killed during a standoff after appearing to surrender, sparked protests around Albuquerque.
Special Prosecutor Randi McGinn’s office announced several charges against Officers Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez in the killing. Both officers have denied wrongdoing.
Officer Sandy “was protecting a fellow officer when he shot Mr. Boyd,” the officer’s lawyer, Sam Bregman, said.