Warning: This video is extremely graphic and shows Officer Morrison shooting & killing Richard Ramirez.
Billings, Montana Police Officer Grant Morrison shot and killed an unarmed man, Richard Ramirez during a traffic stop. According to reports, the 38-year-old man was high on methamphetamines when Office Morrison pulled him and his friends over. As if this wasn’t bad enough, it’s been determined that Office Morrison was justified in killing the unarmed man because he feared for his life. This wasn’t the first time Morrison has killed a man while on duty. He did so in 2013 and was cleared of any wrongdoing from that case as well.
The video above shows the entire encounter. You can see when Officer Morrison pulls them over, how intense he is when he asks everyone in the car to put their hands up and at one point, he even says, “You’re making me nervous,” to one of the men in the car before screaming, “I will shoot you!” and then shooting the man several times. Officer Morrison claims that Ramirez dropped his left hand out of view and was jiggling it up and down before her began shooting. Billings Police Detective Brad Tucker, who investigated the case, testified Tuesday that Ramirez might have been trying to stash something when he was shot. A small amount of methamphetamine and a syringe were later found near Ramirez’s seat.
The kicker? Officer Morrison continued to yell at the men in the car after shooting, telling them to get out of the car and on the ground. We’re wondering if he was screaming at the Ramirez, who was shot. The encounter was intense as Officer Morrison convinced himself that Ramirez was reaching for a gun. “I knew in that moment, which later was determined to be untrue, but I knew in that moment that he was reaching for a gun,” Morrison said. “I couldn’t take that risk. … I wanted to see my son grow up.” Oh and Ramirez didn’t?
Ramirez family members said they were disappointed by the ruling and intend to file a lawsuit against Morrison and the Billings Police Department alleging excessive use of force, said Julie Ramirez, a sister of Richard Ramirez.
Billings Police Chief Rich St. John said it was the fifth officer-involved shooting in his eight years as head of the department. Each shooting was ruled to be justified, he said. “That tells us we’re doing the right thing in the right way,” St. John said. And guess what else? Officer Morrison not only still has his job, but he was placed on paid administrative leave immediately after the shooting and has since been assigned to a task force investigating prescription drug crimes, St. John said.
All lives matter and what this shooting is telling us is that it’s not true. Ramirez was shot down like a dog because an officer, who was close enough to the car (where he was shining light into the car) to see that he didn’t have a gun, thought he didn’t deserve his life any longer. One shot could have easily stopped Ramirez in his tracks, but Morrison fired several and then insensitively demanded the injured man get out of the car and on the ground. The meth in his system had nothing to do with him dying in the backseat of that car. From the video, we can see that Ramirez attempted to comply with the officer but didn’t get the chance before he was gunned down. As long as these killings continue to happen and officers get paid leave and no indictments, we’re going to be forced to believe the opposite of what protestors have been screaming for months, all lives don’t matter, especially minority lives.
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