Cop Who Killed Homeless Man Retiring Early with Full Benefits to Avoid Investigation

November 20, 2014   |   Justin King

Justin King
November 20, 2014

(TheAntiMedia) One of the officers that killed James Boyd is retiring early with full benefits and gets to avoid the Internal Affairs investigation by doing so. The local media in Albuquerque is trying to downplay his retirement by running headlines that indicate the exact opposite of the truth.

Officer Keith Sandy is the officer that made headlines and sparked outrage by stating he was going to shoot Boyd two hours before he did. He told a state law enforcement officer:

“For this fucking lunatic?  I’m going to shoot him in the penis with a shotgun here in a second.”

Two hours later, Officer Sandy open fired and killed the man. Later the department tried to say that Sandy meant a Taser shotgun. Of course, Sandy didn’t shoot Boyd with a Taser. He opened fire and killed him while he was turning his back to the officers.

Boyd was indeed mentally ill. He had verifiable history of mental illness spanning more than a decade.

Now, Sandy is retiring early, getting his pension, and dodging an internal investigation. He will be paid 70% of his normal pay for the rest of his life. Boyd’s life is over.

Officer Keith Sandy is probably used to investigations by now. After all, he was fired by the New Mexico State Police amid fraud allegations, but there were no criminal charges. Seems he left that job just in the nick of time, too. Then he was hired by the Albuquerque Police Department who told the public he wouldn’t have a badge or gun and that he would just be a civilian employee. That was a lie. Sandy wound up with his finger on the trigger when he was placed on the Repeat Offender Project (ROP), a unit so violent it used a noose as its logo. To be clear, this is the same ROP team that the U.S. Department of Justice shut down because its officers were trigger happy. The Department of Justice put the Albuquerque Police Department in its crosshairs because the department kills more people per capita than any other place in the nation.

How can a department get away with behaving like this? It’s easy when the local media is willing to use misleading headlines to help cover up scandals. Once a real journalist named Alex Goldsmith of KRQE 13 broke the news that Sandy was going to get to walk away from the investigation with his pension intact, the local ABC affiliate ran the headline:

“James Boyd shooting: Retiring officer must participate in investigation”

It has a tag line that reads:

“Internal affairs investigation will determine if Sandy or Perez violated APD policies”

Officer Sandy does have to participate with the investigation until he retires on December 1st. That’s less than ten days from now. The shooting happened on March 16th. If the department can stall the investigation for eight months to protect the thin blue line, it’s unlikely that anything will happen in the next ten days.

They shouldn’t really need Sandy’s help though. APD cops have cameras that would have recorded the whole incident. Oh that’s right, Sandy’s equipment malfunctioned or was in for repair or his dog ate it or some other such lie. The point is that the video or audio recording doesn’t exist from the point of view of the officer that opened fire.

The video that does exist from another officer’s camera shows officers tossing a concussion grenade at Boyd who appears to be surrendering. After being attacked by the officers, Boyd pulls out a small knife, at which point officers use an attack dog on him and shoot him multiple times. Then as he is sprawled on the ground dying, he begs

“Please don’t hurt me anymore.”

The officers repeatedly shoot him with a bean bag gun.

The officers can be heard telling Boyd to drop the knife that he pulled when officers threw a grenade at him. Of course, the whole purpose of a concussion grenade is to

“disorient people and cause temporary blindness, deafness, and inner ear disturbance. These effects can lead to people becoming confused and result in a loss of coordination and balance.”

People with inner ear damage that are disoriented and confused typically can’t hear commands and because of the loss of coordination, couldn’t comply with the commands even if they wanted to. This is the danger in giving military equipment to officers who get their most advanced training by watching Die Hard. They misuse the equipment and kill people who are responding to their aggression.

In case you’re wondering what triggered the police involvement to begin with, Boyd was “illegally camping.” In other words, his only crime was being homeless.

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Author: Justin King

Justin King joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in July of 2014. His topics of interest include activism, human rights, international relations, and military affairs. Born in Japan, he currently resides in the United States.

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36 Comments

  1. That's f#%& up ..this guy should be hung in town by a noose for all to see .. dnt let me ever see this guy in public hell wish he never was born..

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  2. And the first thing he is going to do is move out of the country.. Maybe a nice retirement community in mexico.

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  3. A lot more about this murder will come out in the upcoming civil case being brought by Boyd's family. Alas, any damages awarded will be paid by Albuquerque taxpayers, not this POS. He'll be getting over a thousand dollars a week from those same taxpayers for as long as he lives. Plus he can hire on with Wackenhut (or whatever they're calling themselves these days) where he was employed while also getting paid by the State Police. Google "jeff proctor sandy wackenhut" for a history of this guy.

    "In addition to his day job with the State Police, Sandy was moonlighting for Wackenhut Services, Inc., the massive global security company. Wackenhut was contracting with the U.S. Department of Energy to teach military-style police tactics at DOE’s National Training Center in the East Mountains. Sandy encountered numerous APD officers at the academy. Two sources with first-hand knowledge told News 13 that more than a dozen APD officers who have matriculated through the SWAT, ROP and other specialized units spent time at the remote facility to receive training that has its roots in preparing soldiers for America’s wars in the Middle East and elsewhere."

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  4. HOW THE FUCK DOES IT WORK THAT A COP CAN AVOID AN INVESTIGATION BY RETIRING. IF I RETIRE WILL THEY LET ME OFF WITH A CRIME?

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  5. I hope justice prevails

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  6. You people have it all wrong. This guy deserves the best. He should be placed in a minimum security "facility" with unlimited visiting privileges, access to a swimming pool, golf course, personal trainer, an open bar, access to a target shooting range, a personal chef, personal Doctor, a hooker on call 24 hrs,, with unlimited day passes available. Basically, give him all this and more for 6 months. Then, after the first 6 months, put him in a padded cell, bring in the family and relatives and beat him with hard rubber bats until he is almost dead. Then, put him in the hospital for a full recovery, telling him "daily" that there was a terrible mistake made and not to worry. For another three months, basically give him what ever he wants again until he is fully recovered. Then after 3 months repeat the beat,. Then after 3 months of recovery, repeat the beat. Then after 2 months, repeat the beat. Well I think you get the picture. All beats videoed and sent to ALL the police departments in the US as a mandatory "movie" that every member and all administration is required to watch or face termination.

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  7. Thank you for the information, I'll look it up. This piece of filth needs to be under the prison.

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  8. Good idea. That way he can work for a drug cartel.

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  9. I bet his in hiding now his a punk bitch got away with murder

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  10. There have been thousands of stories like this one, in the Naked City. The problem in my view resides with the disaffected people. There is an acceptance if not a rationalization of this kind behavior; both the perpetual and the recipients of bad behavior, remain within their master v. manumiitted but still impotent slave, roles!

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  11. Ahhhh, justice! I love you America!

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  12. Ahhhh, justice! I love you America!

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  13. Oh good I can kill people and just go, "Hey I'm retiring no need to arrest me."

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  14. But we're not supposed to feel that the police place themselves above the rest of us? Indeed, above the law, itself? UNLIKE Ferguson's Officer Wilson…this murdering cop doesn't even have to face the system? That's not right at all. I'm assuming this article will help shine the light of day on this travesty. Folks in New Mexico should call the AG until his phone melts.

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  15. Cops are just another gang.

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  16. PREMEDITATED MURDER PREMEDITATED MURDER PREMEDITATED MURDER PREMEDITATED MURDER

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  17. The corruption in our society runs so deep that there is rarely hope for true justice from mankind. I am a firm believer in divine justice; every one of us will be rewarded according to our deeds. No, this is not a "reasonable" belief. It's not empirically provable. But I hold to it anyway, and will always do so. For myself, the alternative is madness.

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  18. I can assure you his days in "law enforcement" will continue in another jurisdiction. All while he joyfully collects. I hope this would be made impossible, but I doubt. I do hope he gets his vigina blown away, the sooner the better.

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  19. This is bullshit and the author should be ashamed of themselves. This officer is facing multiple criminal investigations by the DOJ and the FBI. Of course Internal Affairs won't investigate, their job is to determine if he is fit to be a cop. Investigating to see if he is fit to be a cop when he is no longer a cop is a waste of time

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  20. This is fucking disgusting, I hate this country's law enforcement system there will be a day that's coming where all hell will break loose and the Leo's of this country are in for a bad bad day

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  21. I wish people would be less brutal. They need a fair trial, just like everyone else SHOULD. Once they're found guilty that would be an excellent punishment.

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  22. Really? Tell me your joking. If you believe that you are either spreading disinformation, are a cop, or you are oblivious to the truth.

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  23. Lexie Jolila Ryan I was being factious as you probably are aware. The protect and serve needs to get back to what it was. I am from Canada and thank goodness we are not subject to the same abuse on this large a scale. Did you create your face picture? If so, you have talent to be proud of. Cheers, love and respect from Canada.

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  24. Hey Aaron. Read all of this. You have it all wrong. This guy deserves the best. He should be placed in a minimum security "facility" with unlimited visiting privileges, access to a swimming pool, golf course, personal trainer, an open bar, access to a target shooting range, a personal chef, personal Doctor, a hooker on call 24 hrs,, with unlimited day passes available. Basically, give him all this and more for 6 months. Then, after the first 6 months, put him in a padded cell, bring in the family and relatives and beat him with hard rubber bats until he is almost dead. Then, put him in the hospital for a full recovery, telling him "daily" that there was a terrible mistake made and not to worry. For another three months, basically give him what ever he wants again until he is fully recovered. Then after 3 months repeat the beat,. Then after 3 months of recovery, repeat the beat. Then after 2 months, repeat the beat. Well I think you get the picture. All beats videoed and sent to ALL the police departments in the US as a mandatory "movie" that every member and all administration is required to watch or face termination. From Canada with love and respect. Cheers.

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  25. What if he shot a celebrity. Things would be much different. RIP Boyd.

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  26. Innocent until proven guilty. Getting away by retiring gives and confirms the meaning of the phrase "cop out". However, you people have it all wrong. This guy deserves the best. He should be placed in a minimum security "facility" with unlimited visiting privileges, access to a swimming pool, golf course, personal trainer, an open bar, access to a target shooting range, a personal chef, personal Doctor, a hooker on call 24 hrs,, with unlimited day passes available. Basically, give him all this and more for 6 months. Then, after the first 6 months, put him in a padded cell, bring in the family and relatives and beat him with hard rubber bats until he is almost dead. Then, put him in the hospital for a full recovery, telling him "daily" that there was a terrible mistake made and not to worry. For another three months, basically give him what ever he wants again until he is fully recovered. Then after 3 months repeat the beat,. Then after 3 months of recovery, repeat the beat. Then after 2 months, repeat the beat. Well I think you get the picture. All beats videoed and sent to ALL the police departments in the US as a mandatory training "movie" that every member and all administration is required to watch or face termination. Cheers with love and respect from Canada.
    PS I have a 32" Louisville Slugger, nice hard Ash wood in my trophy case, left over from Connie Mack baseball in the late 60's. I could hit a baseball worth a crap but Coach would be happy because I would be 4 for 4 with that prick in the game. No prob;lem whacking him over the fence.

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  27. What bastards! And without real consequences.

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  28. Lexie Jolila Ryan … sorry that you are one of the sheep that are quick to judge based on sensationalistic reporting but…

    "Separate investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI and the district attorney will determine if the officers committed a crime."

    http://www.koat.com/news/james-boyd-shooting-retiring-officer-must-participate-in-investigation/29829184

    No one gives a shit about the Internal Affairs investigation because it isn't criminal, it is simply to determine if he is fit to be a cop, if he is retired who cares if he is fit to be a cop.

    The DOJ and FBI do the Criminal investigation here….but don't let that stop your anti police circle jerk

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  29. are you the scott morton,convicted child sex offender?

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  30. The term is sheeple. It refers to people like yourself whom refuse to believe anything that doesn't fit into their safe and limited mentality. You probably still believe the official story about 911, lmao. You're just mad because I was on cue. Get lost, you don't belong on this site.

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  31. Don McWilliam I like your creativity!

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