Former APD officers Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez are accused in the shooting death of James Boyd, a homeless man, on the evening of March 16, 2014. After a standoff, the officers devised a plan that included attacking Boyd with a canine, shooting him with beanbags and with bullets. Sandy had been with APD since 2007 and was assigned to the repeat offender program. He transferred to APD after the state police department fired him. Perez joined APD in 2006 after serving in the Marine Corps, injured while in combat and awarded a Purple Heart. The shooting caused riots, with many in the Albuquerque community calling for better care of the homeless and changes at APD regarding use of force.