DA says she was scared for safety after charging officers with murder

August 3, 2016

A story published on the BuzzFeed news website Tuesday quoted District Attorney Kari Brandenburg as saying Albuquerque police retaliated against her and she was fearful for her and her family’s safety after her office decided to bring murder charges against two Albuquerque police officers.

The article published Wednesday featured an interview with Brandenburg in which she said she and Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden no longer speak. She was critical of the police administration and was quoted as calling Mayor Richard Berry a “psychopath.”

Brandenburg issued a statement Wednesday disputing that she called the mayor a psychopath and that she did not even talk about the mayor in the interview.

She has previously said publicly that she was worried for her safety after her office decided to bring charges against former officers Dominique Perez and Keith Sandy, who shot and killed homeless camper James Boyd in the Sandia foothills in March 2014.

Perez and Sandy are scheduled to stand trial in state district court next month for second-degree murder and lesser offenses for the Boyd shooting.

Meanwhile, Albuquerque police launched an investigation into Brandenburg for possible bribery charges. She had allegedly reached out to victims from her son’s property crime and offered to reimburse them. Attorney General Hector Balderas ultimately cleared Brandenburg of any wrongdoing and suggested the investigation was politically motivated.

Berry and police officials couldn’t immediately be reached for comment on Wednesday.

In her statement Wednesday, Brandenburg said: “The focus of the BuzzFeed story was to explore issues within the Albuquerque Police Department and has District Attorney’s Offices across the country can be impacted when evaluating and reviewing officer-involved shooting cases.”

“We continue to work with APD, as I have mentioned many times, despite politics and media hype,” she said.