|An officer aims his weapon at James Boyd moments before Boyd is shot|
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An Albuquerque police officer's comments before a March fatal shooting that sparked a protest and FBI investigation were "completely unacceptable," said the city's police chief.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Chief Gorden Eden said officer Keith Sandy violated department policy when he used profanity to describe James Boyd before Sandy and another officer killed the 38-year-old mentally ill homeless man.
Sandy's comments were captured by a New Mexico State Police dashboard camera March 16, around two hours before the shooting at Boyd's Sandia foothills campsite. Police released the recording Monday.
One video shows Boyd, who suffers from schizophrenia, telling officers he's a government agent,
Another video, an officer can be heard telling another officer: "Try to keep him occupied then. We have a plan to take him into custody."
After having his arm amputated in an effort to save his life, Boyd died at the hospital.
Albuquerque protesters (video) angry over James Boyd shooting. Hundreds marched in protest over the shooting of James Boyd, a homeless man who appeared to be surrendering to police. Twenty two people have been shot by police in Albuquerque since 2010.