Emotional Scene Shows Cop Break Down

Billings, MT - The conversation around police violence is developing nationwide, with both sides weighing in to air opinions on the use of lethal force. While it can be easy to visualize a dichotomy between police officers and people who want reform, this dash cam footage of an officer breaking down after lethally shooting an unarmed subject shows us the line isn’t always so clear. The footage comes from the patrol car of officer Brad Ross, who is consoling office Grant Morrison of Billings, MT. Morrison had just shot and killed unarmed Richard Ramirez, 38, during a traffic stop in a high-crime area of the city. Ramirez, who was high on meth, reached for his waist instead of putting his hands in the air when Morrison asked. “I thought he was gonna pull a gun on me,” says Morrison before breaking down into sobs. During an investigation into the shooting, detective Brad Tucker testified that Ramirez may have been trying to stash a syringe of meth, which was found near his seat. “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 testified this week to a jury. “I couldn’t take that risk. …I wanted to see my son grow up.” The jury deliberated for an hour before finding the killing was justified. Morrison was put on administrative leave and now works for the police force investigating prescription drug crimes.

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