by Jason DeWitt | Top Right News
Last April, a Montana police officer, Grant Morrison, shot and killed 38-year-old suspect Richard Ramirez at a traffic stop in high crime area. Now, video of the shooting has been released.
During the stop, Ramirez, “sky high” on methamphetamine and resisting arrest for assault, reached for his waistband. Morrison believed that Ramirez was reaching for a gun, and repeatedly told the man to put his hands in the air. When Ramirez refused to comply, Morrison responded by shooting and killing him.The video below shows us a side of law enforcement we very rarely see: the toll it takes on officers, who after all, are as human as us all.
You can see the emotional toll on Morrison of having made such a tough call — the call that, in an instant, can mean life or death, for either officer or suspect.
While it is certainly true that police officers are given substantial leeway and power, they also are human beings who actions can carry heavy burdens.
This week, a ruling from a 7-person jury found Morrison’s actions were justified.