ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It’s the video seen around the world.
Helmet camera footage from Officer Dominique Perez of the controversial shooting of homeless camper James Boyd released Friday has drawn protests. There’s now also a federal criminal investigation into the case.
But what about the lapel video from the other officer who shot Boyd, Keith Sandy?
KRQE News 13 has learned Sandy’s lapel video may have drawn special attention from federal investigators.
Since the Perez video has been released, News 13 has been specifically requesting that lapel video be released, but APD has so far refused.
On Monday we asked Chief Gorden Eden about that video but didn’t get much in the way of a response.
“There is some lapel video,” Eden told News 13.
Friday, Eden changed course, declining to even confirm the existence of the video.
“I can’t answer that question at this time,” Eden said. “I hadn’t looked at all the lapel cameras yet and they were still cataloging all of them. I was told they had in their possession all of the lapel cameras, it was an assumption I had made.”
Eden also tells News 13 he hasn’t seen, been informed or asked what’s on Sandy’s lapel video.
“I wait for the staff that is working on that investigation to provide me with that information,” Eden said.
Eden declined to give a timeline for when the Sandy video or other videos from the Boyd shooting would be released, saying investigators are processing more than a terabyte of video from the standoff. He also said it may not be in his hands anymore.
“I’m going to have to meet with the FBI and the other representatives from the Department of Justice to find out if there is anything we can and can not release,” Eden said.
Mayor RJ Berry said Friday he had not seen any lapel video other than what’s been show in the media. Berry also said he would not pressure Eden to release more video from the shooting, citing the ongoing investigation and wanting to leave it up to APD’s discretion.
“I am not a public safety expert and I don’t know that I know what would qualify or not qualify as being appropriate or not as a mayor,” Berry said.