ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Activists have scheduled a protest outside the Albuquerque courthouse where the case against two former New Mexico police officers charged in the death of a homeless man ended in a mistrial.
A coalition of groups says it will hold a demonstration Wednesday afternoon outside the Bernalillo County Courthouse, and advocates likely will march nearby to the Albuquerque police headquarters.
Rev. Frank Quintana of the Blessed Oscar Romero Catholic Community says the case shows Albuquerque still doesn’t care for residents suffering from mental illness or for the poor. He called on Albuquerque residents to “rise up” and protest against police.
Now-retired Albuquerque Detective Keith Sandy and former Officer Dominique Perez fatally shot 38-year-old James Boyd after an hourslong standoff in the Sandia Mountain foothills in 2014.
The shooting sparked protests that shut down Albuquerque and its city government.