James Boyd's family has their own suggestions for APD

Posted at: 06/15/2014 9:30 PM
By: Caleb James, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Residents in Albuquerque have not forgotten about the homeless man shot and killed by APD. On Sunday, about a hundred people returned to the spot in the foothills where James Boyd lost his life. This Father’s Day marks three months since his death...

Andrew Jones says he has been in town for a couple weeks. Jones says he and his family have been putting together their own list of suggestions as the city begins to develop a community policing plan.

This Father’s Day, Andrew Jones remembers his brother.

James Boyd's friends called him “Abba”, the word for father in Hebrew, a fitting coincidence today or a symbol perhaps. Jones says so many other symbolic coincidences have come out of his brother's story. Even his death has become symbolic.  Something, Jones says, happened for a reason.

"Because of that, he's made more change in this city than would have happened in who knows how long, had he not sacrificed himself,” said Jones.

As Albuquerque prepares to move forward, Jones says his family wants to have a say.

At Monday’s city council meeting, Albuquerque leaders plan to take up two key issues related to the DOJ's working relationship with APD. First councilors will discuss whether to spend $220,000 to keep attorney Scott Greenwood on retainer during DOJ negotiations, and whether to spend an additional $150,000 on community outreach.

Jones says part of the reason he's here is to work on a list of proposals for APD on behalf of his family.

“Everything that, not just me, but our family and citizens here believe need to be done, they will know about,” said Jones

He says it’s too early to share the list but it will be presented to the city soon. It could possibly be previewed at tomorrow's meeting.

For now, it’s just time to remember, and to be thankful for new connections.