Ramos' mother calls for prosecution of officer who killed her son

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May 31, 2020 - 5:52 pm
Brenda Ramos

AUSTIN (Talk1370.com) -- As protests over police killings continued to swell across Austin and the nation, the mother of an unarmed man killed by Austin Police is calling for the firing and prosecution of the officer who killed him.

Brenda Ramos, the mother of Michael Ramos, spoke Sunday at a press conference at the site where her son was fatally shot and killed on April 24. Eyewitness video from the shooting shows the younger Ramos holding his hands in the air when he was shot with a bean bag round by Officer Mitchell Pieper; Ramos then proceeded to get back into his vehicle and attempt to drive away, at which point Officer Christopher Taylor opened fire with a rifle, firing the fatal shot.

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Austin Police Chief Brian Manley, in early May, said that a search of Ramos' vehicle and the surrounding area did not turn up a weapon.

Ramos fought back tears and emotions Sunday afternoon, pleading for justice for her son. "I need you all to be witness to my anger, and my confusion and tears, because I'm not getting any answers from Chief Manley. Why hasn't Officer Taylor been arrested? Why hasn't Officer Taylor been fired? Why hasn't Officer Taylor at least been suspended? Why is Officer Taylor still drawing a paycheck from us, the citizens of Austin? Why are we paying his salary when he murdered my son over a month ago, and he murdered someone else's son 10 months ago? Why isn't he in jail?"

Friday night, Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore announced that she will present the Ramos case to a special grand jury. The empaneling of grand juries in Travis County remains on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, as it has been since early March.


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