Demonstrators to march against APD

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – There’s a public protest planned Tuesday night against the APD for the recent shooting in the foothills.

About 600 people on Facebook say they plan to be there.

The march is set to begin at First and Central in downtown Albuquerque at 6 p.m., and end at APD headquarters.

Police Chief Gorden Eden says two officers unloaded three shots each after a 38-year-old James Boyd made threatening moves and refused to drop a knife.

Eden says police first used beanbags and stun guns to try to disarm the man.

Boyd, who police say had a lengthy criminal record, died the next morning.

A police helmet cam video shows what appears to be Boyd turning away as officers unloaded with beanbags, stun guns and live rounds. The video has gone viral on YouTube, and the reaction has been quite negative.

Tuesday night’s protest is entitled “Justice for James Boyd.” It is sponsored by a number of organizations, including the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice.

The Boyd shooting comes as the police department is dealing with a U.S. Department of Justice investigation of officers’ use of force in more than three dozen police shootings since 2010.

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