- 42-year old Michael Ramos is another victim of police brutality.
- This comes after a recent incident involving police who did not follow proper procedures.
An unarmed man met his death after Austin police shot him while holding his hands above his head. A video released by the Austin Police Department shows in detail how the incident happened.
The video footage shows the events that transpired that led to the shooting of Michael Ramos. The incident led to protests wherein people condoned the police that handled the situation.
The incident led to protests wherein people condoned the police that handled the situation.
Austin police responded to a 911 call wherein a man and a woman were doing drugs. They were doing this inside a parked vehicle near an apartment house in South Central Austin. During this time, the police initiated contact with Ramos. The 911 caller said that the man had a gun. Further investigation revealed that there were no firearms in the vehicle.
Austin police released an edited audio and transcript along with the video. Here, the police drove up to Ramos’s vehicle and demanded him to get his hands up. Ramos opened his car door and raised his hands to his head. All these scenes happened while the police continued to shout at the man.
Ramos followed their orders and raised his shirt then turned around to his vehicle. One officer asked Ramos to walk towards him. This is where the man began to speak while shaking his head.
The officer threatened to hurt him if he did not comply. Ramos said that the officers is scaring him at this point and told them not to shoot him. Another officer told him to relax and follow orders. Ramos asked them for the reason why they are doing this. His anxiety was getting the better of him and he then started to shout.
Austin police responded to a 911 call wherein a man and a woman were doing drugs.
Another officer said to his colleague to hurt Ramos. The man said that he has no gun in his person. The officers then said that they will hurt him and to walk towards them. Ramos refused and ordered the police to put their weapons down. This is where another officer shot a beanbag round at Ramos. It hit Ramos as he was entering his vehicle to escape.
As the officers shouted for Ramos not to leave, the man drove out of the lot. An officer then shot three times at the exiting vehicle. They then run-up to the vehicle that crashed into another car.
Paramedics came and they rushed Ramos to the hospital. Doctors pronounced the man dead. There was also a woman passenger in the car but was safe and not injured. Police also did not charge the woman in connection with the incident.
The two officers; Christopher Taylor and Mitchell Pieper are both placed on administrative duty. The internal affairs of the police department continue their investigation on this case.
The internal affairs of the police department continue their investigation on this case.
According to a death report, Ramos died because of several gunshot wounds. According to the same report, Taylor did the fatal shot to protect himself and his companions. He thought that Ramos would use his car as a weapon against them.
This incident was the second time that Officer Taylor used excessive force in the line of duty. Taylor was on administrative leave after the incident. He later returned to active duty. The case will have a hearing in January after its postponement last July.