Event

Title:
EMERGENCY PROTEST & MARCH: against the police killing of James Boyd
Calendar:
Date:
03.25.2014 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Description

EMERGENCY PROTEST & MARCH
Tuesday, March 25 @ 6pm
Gather downtown ABQ, Central & 1st St. | March to APD
Alvarado Transportation Center

APD murders homeless man for "illegal camping!"

The ANSWER Coalition and other progressive organizations are calling for an emergency rally to protest the outrageous murder of James Boyd by the Albuquerque Police Department. Boyd, a 38-year-old homeless man suffering from severe mental health issues, was massacred by APD officers at his campsite in the Sandia foothills.

On Sun. March 16, the APD sent a heavily armed unit to confront James Boyd, a homeless man, for "illegal camping." APD officers dispatched to the site were informed that Boyd suffered from mental health issues and that he was a "reported... paranoid schizophrenic."

Instead of dispatching a team of health professionals and social workers, APD dispatched a squadron of six military-equipped police officers wearing bullet proof vests and armed to the teeth.

After a four-hour stand-off, video shows Boyd cooperating and trying to surrender. He can be heard saying, "All right, don't change up the agreement. I'm going to try to walk with you."

While trying to surrender, the APD suddenly hit Boyd with a flash-bang grenade and, while trying to actually turn away from the police, Boyd is shot with assault rifles. One of the officers can be heard saying "Booyah!" after shooting Boyd in the back. While incapacitated, APD officers shoot him again at close-range with lead-filled bean bag rounds and then maul him with their police dog.

Albuquerque's last two police chiefs were forced out under the scandal of police murder and brutality. The new police chief, Gordon Eden, Jr., who's been on the job for about one month, didn't hesitate for a moment, declaring the murder of James Boyd, shot in the back for "illegal camping," as justified.

The people, outraged and saddened by yet another APD massacre of one of its own community members, demand justice for James Boyd! The officers that murdered James Boyd need to be charged with murder!

Enough is enough!

Sponsored by:
ANSWER-New Mexico; ABQ Center for Peace & Justice; ABQ Cop Block; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Center; Not In Our Name; Oct. 22nd Coalition; Stop the War Machine; Party for Socialism & Liberation; Women Organized to Resist & Defend

To endorse please contact: 505-268-2488 | ABQanswer@gmail.com

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Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice
202 Harvard SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106 USA

505-268-9557

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