James Matthew Boyd

James Matthew Boyd was a 38-year old man with schizophrenia who lived in Albuquerque.  The police were called on him for illegal camping because he was homeless.  Instead of just telling James to leave, officer John McDaniel called 40 police officers as a backup when James resisted being patted down.  James tried to surrender to the police but another officer boasted he would shoot “this fucking lunatic.” They shot him several times and has a dog rip up his legs.  After roughly 20 minutes, Boyd was transported in an ambulance to the University of New Mexico hospital. In the final hours of his life, Boyd had his right arm amputated and his spleen, a section of his lung and a length of his intestines removed. At 2:55 a.m., he was pronounced dead.  Charges were filed against two of the officers, Dominique Perez and Keith Sandy which resulted in mistrials.  Sandy retired from the police, but Perez was fired.  However, he successfully fought his termination, was reinstated and was awarded $143,159 in backpay.

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