Albuquerque, NM — The same police officer who was charged with murder in the execution-style shooting that killed a homeless man in 2014, for illegal camping, has returned to work with a settlement agreement that includes over $140,00.

Dominique Perez went from facing second-degree murder charges, to returning to the Albuquerque Police Department with an extra $143,159 in back wages and benefits, all thanks to a mistrial, and a severely broken justice system.

The Albuquerque Police Department released a statement, announcing Perez’s return, and noting that while he will not be allowed to be on patrol or respond to calls for one year, he will be on an administrative assignment with the department’s tactical unit.

“He must also complete all of the department’s new training related to our settlement agreement, along with state required training, and pass a psychological exam. The agreement also calls for him to receive $143,159.07 in back wages (which includes the city’s cost of benefits associated with the wages).”

The case surrounded the death of James Boyd, a 38-year-old schizophrenic homeless man who was shot in the back by police in March 2014, after they received calls about his illegal campsite. The shooting occurred after than hours-long standoff, in which officers said they felt threatened by Boyd—who was at least 30 feet away, and armed with a pocket knife.


The trial involved both Perez and his former colleague, Keith Sandy. While Perez was initially fired by the Albuquerque Police Department, Sandy retired after the shooting.

Sandy’s involvement in the shooting was unique, in that he was caught on police Dashcam, plotting to shoot Boyd two hours before he was killed. When another officer said state police were requested at the scene, Sandy replied, “For this f­––king lunatic? I’m going to shoot him in the penis with a shotgun here in a second.”


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A mistrial was declared in October 2016, after a jury deadlocked 9 to 3 in favor of the Albuquerque officers. Bernalillo Country District Attorney Raul Torrez announced in February that the state does not intend to pursue a retrial.

In a statement to HuffPost, Peter Simonson, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico, noted that many activists involved in police reform see Perez’s rehiring as a step backward.

“Officer Perez’s reinstatement raises concerns because, despite some progress in its reform under the consent decree with the Department of Justice, APD has failed to establish a reliable system to hold officers accountable for violations of its use of force policy,” Simonson said. “The citizens of Albuquerque still cannot trust that supervisory or command staff will keep an officer like Perez, who has a history of violating APD policies, in check.”

“What was the crime that prompted this paramilitary response?” Special Prosecutor Randi McGinn said during the original probable cause hearing, adding that shooting someone in the back isn’t something “reasonable people” do. “It was not a terrorist act. It was illegal camping.”

McGinn told ABC News in October she was not surprised by the deadlocked jury in this case, but hoped the trial would broaden the discussion and “leave a lasting legacy.”

Apparently, the only legacy left now is further reassurance of the precedent that cops can kill, on video, and keep their jobs.

Rachel Blevins is a Texas-based journalist who aspires to break the left/right paradigm in media and politics by pursuing truth and questioning existing narratives. Follow Rachel on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
  • David Daisy May Boldock

    I recall this nasty cops smug face that you just want to pummel with a lump hammer. A perfect example of just how fucked up the judicial system is.

  • Timothy Gray

    Anyone know where this piece of shit lives? His neighbors should be informed they murderer on the block.

  • David M Welch

    This cop should be on death row, but gets rehired

  • Guy

    One can only hope that there will come a day, when this sad excuse for a human being, with a sick smug look on it’s face. Will get what he has coming to him. Thinking to myself that it will not be a question of *if* but only *when*!

    Too bad, that they don’t dye guys like this one’s head bright neon blue. Then we would all recognize him for who and what he is, when he stands out in a crowd.

    • Damiana

      That last line made me laugh!

      • ♓Ξ▲ѴƳ Ƙ∆RM∆~Ð∈ßϯ SᏝ▲V∈

        Regarding that last line, Rene is absolutely correct. When you look around at all the extreme human and animal suffering within this material realm world how is it that you think you have been so lucky to have escaped such a hellish fate? According to ancient eastern yin-yang philosophy its cause and effect karma debt actions that help make this a hell planet for so many souls to have to endure. Every movement within the finite-infinite material realm universe is an effect provoked by a cause, hence cause and effect karma actions. You just do not understand the process. Take notice of all the various opposing energy actions in motion that continuously surround you.

        Earth is a polarized finite material planet within a finite material universe within a INFINITE material and spiritual universe. Earth’s entire environment consists of a micro to macro spectrum of extreme to subtle opposites. Examples of Yin and Yang Dualism: Attribute- centrifugal-centripetal-force, Tendency- expansion-contraction, Position- outward-inward, Direction- ascent-descent, Temperature- hot-cold, Weigh- light-heavy, Atomic- electron-proton, Biological- vegetable-animal, Sex- male-female, Structure- space-time, Factor- water-fire, Movement- passive-active, Function- diffusion-fusion, Vibration- shorter wave and higher frequency-longer wave and lower frequency, etc.

        Next consider all the various imperfect relative judging-justice-sentencing systems on planet earth. Its opposite would have to be Perfect Absolute Judgement-Justice, and Absolute Sentencing via reincarnation right back around into a Hubble UDF scan observed 176 Billion galaxies finite-infinite material universe where top Astronomy Scientist’s now speculate many other earth-like (hell) planets within such an enormous universe. I say “hell” planets because this is where we all come to suffer accordingly as our personal cause and effect karma debt load would have it. Multi/bubble/parallel universe’s with even more earth-like planets all set in different historical timelines is also a highly considered theory (see The Mandela Effect). Therefore IMO the Order of the Infinite Universe having a Absolute Justice System (Heaven Courtroom) seems very reasonable.

        I CANNOT prove it from me to you, HOWEVER you can prove it to yourself if YOU have the discipline to do so. That’s the way the grand “Order of the Infinite Universe” design is set up in arrangement for the “Imperfect to become Perfect.”

        Humans are both material and spiritual beings. More-so with spiritual resonance if ones pineal gland is clean as in Leviticus 15: “Cleanliness is Next to Godliness”.. THEREFORE clean away the sleepy eye crust from your third eye ajna chakra … then learn to abandon the ego before you pine away … Crucify the ego before its far too late .. Prying open the 3rd eye ..

        “A Complete Macrobiotic Yin Yang Philosophic Understanding Combined With Its Practical Dietary Discipline Is Timeless Universal Law. All Other Teachings Are Incomplete”~ Herman Aihara, Michio Kushi & George Ohsawa

    • Rene Arizona Craig

      Just get a good look at him. Pray for his crimes to be answered. And ask for forgiveness for yours first. He will get what he has coming on His Own personal Judgement Day before the Creator of Justice. GOD

  • Not pro Israel

    Well, what confidence do you have left in this Government?

    • Guy

      Why should that surprise you ?

  • Rene Arizona Craig

    EVIL personified by the NEW MeXico PD

  • Gaylen Anderson

    What a bunch of Pussies! Time for the people to take their rights back!

  • Steve Rusk

    Do you need more evidence than this that the system is intended to work this way?

  • Gordon Klock

    More evidence of the state’s (secret) hostility, towards it’s own citizens…..