Cop Cries After Killing Unarmed Man

Grant Morrison

Billings, MT Police Officer Grant Morrison

The first man killed by Billings, Montana police officer Grant Morrison was armed with a BB gun.   That was on February 11, 2013.  Morrison was cleared of wrongdoing.

On April 14, 2014, Morrison killed again, and no weapon was found on 38-year old Richard Ramirez.

The following is dash cam video of an officer arriving on a scene. When he arrived, 38-year old Richard Ramirez had already been shot dead by police officer Grant Morrison. Morrison fired three shots. It was alleged that suspect Richard Ramirez was high on meth and ignored Morrison’s commands to raise his hands.

A coroner’s inquest jury decided that Morrison was justified in shooting and killing unarmed Ramirez. Morrison is back on duty. He has been assigned to a task force investigating prescription drug crimes.

At the inquest, the five-year police veteran said he became convinced that Ramirez had a gun after he reached for his waistband during their 30-second encounter. Morrison testified:

“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.”

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Julie Ramirez, left, consoles her mother, Betty Ramirez during the inquest.

Billing Police Chief Rich St. John stated that this is the 5th officer involved shooting during his 8 years as head of the department.  Chief St. John however, interprets that to mean, “That tells us we’re doing the right thing in the right way.”

 

Watch Morrison’s breakdown in the first video. Keep that in mind when watching the second video, which is a dash cam video from February 11, 2013 when Morrison killed 32-year-old Jason James Shaw. Jason died of internal bleeding from being shot in the abdomen.

What is missing in the two videos?

 

 

 

 

 

Additional References:

WGN-TV

Missoulian.com

Yahoo News

 

Posted on 01/10/2015, in Cases, Cops Gone Wild, Richard Ramirez and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 43 Comments.

  1. yahtzeebutterfly

    A call for an ambulance is missing in both videos. No attempt to perform cpr on victims.

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  2. No attempt to stop the bleeding in both videos and no lapel cameras in both videos.

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    • yahtzeebutterfly

      Police thought it was more important to stop the flow of tears than to stop the flow of blood.

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      • Yahtzeebutterfly, you noticed that too, uh? 🙂

        There was no crime scene tape, but cops were walking all over the place.

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    • Right Glenn, and no crime scene tape. Whatever title of personnel they have in Billings to investigate, were apparently not called. The other cop whose dash cam caught the aftermath was there — but not those with the crime scene tape nor the EMT’s.

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  3. This is the first time I have seen an officer cry after a shooting. It took me a second to figure out why I was surprised. I was surprised because from the media I was getting the impression that the police don’t value human life.

    I think a couple things may be happening to the officer during the 4 minutes and 50 seconds of crying.
    1. Maybe officer Morrison feels genuine remorse for having killed this kid.
    2. Maybe officer Morrison has a son of his own that he is imagining dying horrifically like this.
    3. Maybe officer Morrison had a previous identity of ‘protect and serve’ and now he is realizing that his actual identity is murderer – especially with TWO murders now.
    4. Maybe officer Morrison is fearing that he will loose his job (identity and fellowship of his comrades).
    5. Maybe some combination of the above.

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    • Glenn, I too think it was a combination but mostly, that he was afraid of losing his job. When he said that he thought the guy was pulling out a gun, I don’t know if that meant his fear, or defense, or both. One thing for sure is that it meant he checked.

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  4. Now I can understand why police officers have higher rates of marital issues. When one has an identity crisis, it will mess with your head and your relationships. #depression #anger #remorse

    And if they do get fired, the loss of income will not help a marriage.

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    • Glenn,
      I read what you said about getting fired, and thought AND SUED.

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      • Well, he should be charged with murder, but as usual it won’t happen.
        What in the hell are we going to do?
        If you want to get rid of someone become a cop and cry self defense or they weren’t following orders.
        That’s all BS.

        BTW, I just noticed how I botched up my spelling so bad. lol
        I promise I was sober. : )

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  5. OT: Breaking news…..George Zimmerman arrested again.

    http://webbond.seminolesheriff.org/InmateInfo.aspx?bkgnbr=201500000325

    So far no story out on it yet, happened shortly after 10pm. Looks like another Aggravated Assault charge, DV, and it included a weapon–most likely one of his guns again.

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    • Towerflower,
      I was just preparing to log off when I heard the “ding” for an email notification. You know, I just told Shannon on Twitter Thursday that I have an inner shaking concerning Zimmerman and felt that he would soon be arrested. However, I thought it might be as a result of the federal grand jury’s indictment.

      Thanks for the news. Now I’ll be up for a bit sending it out. 🙂

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  6. I don’t understand! How can Ramerize wasn’t listening to orders?
    Sounds like he’s down on the ground, how can he raise his hands while being shot and on the ground. Sounds like He was doing everything the cop told him to do. Yet he tells him to stay down. while beating him to death. Where’s the video?
    I think after watching these, yes a camera on the cop may not stop the killing, but at leat we would see what happened to those victims.
    Here he thought about his life and seeing his boy grow up.
    BFD!!
    How many have they murdered that wish that could see their familyis and have a faily and watch them grow up.
    This cop is a fake. Acts like he really cares in the fitrst video, but he doesn’t.
    There are way too many cops thinking they’re going to get shot and the victims aren’t even carrying a weapen.
    They shouldn’t be cops.

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    • How many have they murdered that wish that could see their familyis and have a faily and watch them grow up.

      BINGO! The sister said that Morrison was out to get her brother. They knew each other from their past encounters.

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      • Well, he should be charged with murder, but as usual it won’t happen.
        What in the hell are we going to do?
        If you want to get rid of someone become a cop and cry self defense or they weren’t following orders. This was murder for revenge. He can’t get by with that either.
        One shooting was bad enough, TWO, He should not even be able to carry a gun.
        That’s all BS.

        BTW, I just noticed how I botched up my spelling so bad. lol
        I promise I was sober. : )

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        • Lolypop,
          I don’t see where you botched up spelling. Typos are common. Don’t worry about it.

          Give him time. He might shoot at his shadow next and say he thought it had a gun.

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          • Xena,
            That’s funny
            Scarey part is that he loves to be in the news so often and he doesn’t mind taking a kids life that he will do it again.
            He’s so pompus, he just knows he can get by with it.

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  7. A tazer and pepper spray are missing in the two videos.

    Y’all. I honestly feel terrorized by the thought of a police officer pulling over me, or any of my family members. I’m especially terrorized by the though of the police pulling over my son or daughter when they reach their teen years.

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    • Glenn, in the second video (which was actually the first killing), he used a tazer. However, the man was wearing a heavy coat so the needles did not go through. I’ll need to watch/listen again, but it seems as though the employment of the tazer was immediately followed by the gunshot.

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    • I don’t know Glenn. I think I’m more terrified of having some numnut call the cops on me while I’m at Wal-Mart because they mistake a package of steaks for a gun.

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  8. (Administrator’s note. Deleted upon request.)

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    • Dang!

      One of these days I’ll actually post a mistake-free comment. Xena, if you have time can you delete my 1st one of the duplicates please?
      I dont even know how that happened 😦 On my smartphone here & I cannot find an actual way to just plain edit. I went back a screen to delete the “MI” & expected to see one ammended post, instead I got the dupe. (and sort of feel like one too 😉

      If you cant, that’s perfectly fine; if you can, then thank you very much!

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      • Not to worry. I often make corrections that I notice without being asked, and most then when the typo changes the context.

        We’re human, and I’ve been told that some of the cell phones have keyboards with a mind of their own. LOL!

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  9. What I dont see are any tears.

    I hear sobbing, heaves and heaves of it– Yet he raises his head several times towards camera and then I see……. nada, zip, zilch.

    NO liquid on his face, NO tears falling off his chin nor off his nose nor anywhere else. However, to be fair, he DID sniffle once. (Maybe even twice)!

    Anyway, I dont know, Xena. I just don’t know… Maybe I missed it?

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    • Good observation. Also though, “There are several studies over the years that have shown that men have larger tear ducts in their eyes, so that it is less likely for the tears to well up to the point of spilling over the eyelid onto the cheek,”- Dr. Geoffrey Goodfellow

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    • Ren,
      There is no crime scene tape. There are no EMT’s. There is nothing indicating any consideration for the person shot.

      In the first shooting, he said he wasn’t calling for medical help until the woman obeyed his commands.

      The comfort given to him by his comrades for killing an unarmed man is that he got to go home alive. That’s contradictory because the man was unarmed and the cop would have gone home alive if he hadn’t killed the suspect.

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  10. True humanity is missing! Thank you for this share, Xena.

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  11. peni4yothot

    Good night Irene, I can’t keep up.

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  12. Two sides to a story

    Crocodile tears.

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  13. Yeah,
    I think he’s a bad actor.

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  14. Clearly Morrison is a sociopath. The feigned “breakdown”…the terrorizing conduct and placing himself in harms way needlessly. He’s developed the worst “narcissistic demand” need an officer can acquire…a lust to kill! Morrison fancies himself a Travis Bickle hero character from “Taxi Driver.” He’s one sick puppy!

    Rational conduct would have involved waiting for backup before pulling Ramirez out of the car. By running up and flinging open the door, Morrison needlessly placed himself in the “kill zone” and by barking orders at an intoxicated suspect…even a sober suspect…such is terrorizing, disorienting and makes the suspect so overwhelmed that he becomes unresponsive.

    Anyone that has been thru USMC boot camp is well aware of staying calm under stress, however, few civilians can function, let alone follow directions under such pressure.

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    • Deutcher Konig, Welcome to Blackbutterfly7.

      Anyone that has been thru USMC boot camp is well aware of staying calm under stress, however, few civilians can function, let alone follow directions under such pressure.

      That’s very important. It’s something I’ve thought about personally because I don’t immediately comprehend shouting. There’s like an automatic response that first asks why the need to shout? Parents who do that to children and partners or spouses who do that to their partner or spouse are accused of abuse.

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