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NM cop threatened to shoot ‘f*cking lunatic’ in the penis 2 hours before killing him

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In March, Albuquerque police shot and killed a homeless man who had been illegally camping in an incident that was caught on tape and led to a storm of controversy over the decision to open fire.

Now, months later, a newly released video reveals that Officer Keith Sandy had, two hours earlier, talked about shooting 38-year-old James Boyd in the penis and dismissively referred to him as a ‘lunatic.’

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Friends said the mentally ill Boyd had decided to camp out in the foothills above the city after homeless shelters had closed, and police negotiated with him for about five hours before fatally shooting him in the back.

Video from the incident recorded by an officer’s helmet camera shows Boyd arguing with police but then picking up his belongings to leave.

But then an officer fires a flash-bang grenade, which disorients Boyd, and then he appears to grab a knife as police dogs approach him.

Boyd takes a step toward police, who open fire on him.

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KOB-TV reported that Sandy was captured speaking dismissively about Boyd on another officer’s dashboard camera after he responded to the man’s campsite.

Sandy was unaware the camera was recording his conversation with state police Officer Chris Ware, who said Boyd had asked for state troopers.

“For this f*cking lunatic?” Sandy says on the recording. “I’m going to shoot him in the penis with a shotgun here in a second.”

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Ware asks Sandy if he has a less-lethal weapon, and the officer tells the trooper he has a Taser shotgun.

“Oh, I thought you guys got rid of those,” Ware says.

Sandy told the trooper that the department’s specialized Repeat Offender Project still used the Taser shotgun, but he admitted he wasn’t sure of the details because he had not been briefed.

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An attorney for Byrd’s family said Sandy’s comments revealed his intention to shoot the homeless man.

“Two hours later he’s escalating the situation so he can do just that,” civil rights attorney Shannon Kennedy told KOB. “It’s chilling evidence and stunning that he has not been criminally indicted. He says to a state police officer ‘that f’ing lunatic, I’m going to shoot him in the penis.’ It’s crystal clear, and he says it with contempt in his voice.”
Sandy was questioned about the comments in April during an internal affairs investigation.

“Jokingly, just kind of locker room banter, just told him, you know, ‘Don’t worry, I’ll shoot him in the pecker with this and call it good,’” Sandy told investigators from Albuquerque police.

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But a transcript from the interview shows Sandy denied making the comment just minutes later.

The station reported that Sandy later explained that officers in the ROP unit often made crude and cruel jokes during their duties.

“Of course, it’s not a joke because he went forward and actually shot him,” Kennedy said.

Sandy remains on administrative leave but is permitted to carry his gun and badge.

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House GOP loses yet another incumbent as California’s Paul Cook announces retirement

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Another day, another retirement for House Republicans.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Rep. Paul Cook R-CA) is heading for the exits and retiring at the end of his term in 2020.

Instead of serving in Congress for another term, Cook will run for a seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, the congressman's chief of staff tells the Los Angeles Times.

Even though Democrats made major gains in California during the 2018 midterm elections, Cook's district will be difficult for the party to pick up. Cook last year won reelection with 60 percent of the vote and his opponent wasn't even a Democrat, but fellow Republican Tim Donnelly.

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Michigan Republicans thank ‘Uncle Ted’ Nugent for testifying after he says their state ‘doesn’t qualify as America’

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Republican lawmakers in Michigan invited conservative rocker Ted Nugent to testify even though he has said the state "doesn't qualify as America."

In testimony on the Michigan state House floor on Tuesday, Nugent spoke in support of a bill that would reverse a ban on deer and elk baiting. The ban was put in place in 2018 due to suspicions that chronic wasting disease (CWD) was being spread through piles of bait.

For his part, Nugent argued that the ban was ineffective because deer are "swapping spit."

"If they think they can stop deer from swapping spit, they're idiots," Nugent testified, according to The Detroit News.

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NY judge kicked off the bench after suggesting nooses are needed to ‘make America great again’

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A judge in upstate New York has been forced off the bench after he posted an image of a noose on his personal Facebook account -- and suggested it was needed to help "make America great again."

The Washington Post reports that officials on Tuesday revealed that Kyle R. Canning, a part-time judge, was relieved of his duties after the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct concluded that his Facebook post showed an unacceptable level of political and racial bias.

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