APD: Officer involved in James Boyd shooting reinstated

Dominique Perez takes the stand James Boyd murder trial

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Albuquerque Police Department confirms it has reinstated Officer Dominique Perez. He was one of two officers charged with murder after the controversial shooting of homeless camper James Boyd, which sparked outrage and triggered reform.

A statement from the Albuquerque Police Department says that Officer Perez has been reinstated and is currently on administrative assignment.

Dominique Perez, along with former officer Keith Sandy, were facing second-degree murder charges for shooting and killing Boyd in 2014. From the beginning, their attorneys claimed they were protecting a fellow K-9 officer who got too close to Boyd and his two pocket knives.

In the officers’ October 2016 trial, the jury could not come to a unanimous decision. Soon after, Special Prosecutor Randy McGinn dropped the second-degree charge against Perez.

New District Attorney Raul Torrez then decided to have district attorneys across the state do their own independent review of the case. Following that review, DA Raul Torrez announced in February that Perez and Sandy would not face a retrial for the deadly shooting.

APD said Perez is on administrative assignment with the Tactical Unit. He will not respond to calls or provide services for one year. He must also complete the department’s new training related to the DOJ settlement agreement.

As part of the agreement, he will receive $143,159 in back wages. Perez was reinstated with the department as of May 30.

Read APD’s full statement below:

Officer Dominique Perez has been reinstated with the Albuquerque Police Department and is currently on administrative assignment with the Tactical Unit.  As part of the agreement, Ofc. Perez will not respond to calls with the unit or provide any type of patrol services for one year. He must also complete all of the Department’s new training related to our Settlement Agreement, along with State required training, and pass a psychological exam. The agreement also calls for him to receive $143,159.07 in back wages (which includes the City’s cost of benefits associated with the wages).

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