David Harris Quoted in New York Times on Charges Filed Against Officers in Death of Homeless Man
Prosecutors will pursue murder charges against two Albuquerque, New Mexico, police officers, Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez, saying they acted with “deliberate intention” in the killing last March of James Boyd, a homeless man with a history of mental illness. The case, which led to large protests against police and a federal criminal investigation, is likely to be among the first to rely on video evidence from a body camera worn by an officer.
The shooting occurred after a standoff in which the police said Boyd had two knives, but in a video recorded by one of the officers' helmet camera, he appeared to be turning away as he was shot. The New York Times asked Pitt Law Professor and Distinguished Faculty Scholar David Harris, an expert on police behavior and regulation, for comment.
With the video evidence, Harris said, “it becomes impossible to deny some of the very basic facts. That means you start an investigation on an entirely different foundation.”
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