New Mexico Police Who Killed Homeless Man Get Mistrial

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Published on 12 Oct 2016, 16:33
Prompting the judge to call a mistrial, local media reported, jurors failed to reach a verdict on Tuesday in the trial of two former Albuquerque police officers charged with murdering a homeless man in 2014.
The Albuquerque Journal reported, after more than 17 hours of discussions, the jury said it was still split on whether to find Dominique Perez and Keith Sandy guilty of the second degree murder of James Boyd. Nine of the 12 members favored acquittal.
Officials have said Boyd was armed with knives and camping illegally in the Sandia foothills outside Albuquerque. After a four-hour standoff, police had approached him and shot him.
Protests erupted after Boyd's shooting. It came at a time when the U.S. Justice Department was already investigating the police force over accusations of using force on civilians.

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