Mom of Mike Ramos, Austin Justice Coalition call for decision on officer involved in his death

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — The mother of a man who was shot and killed by a police officer about six months ago is demanding the Austin Police Department chief to decide the officer’s fate with the department.

Brenda Ramos, mother of Mike Ramos, held a press conference along with the Austin Justice Coalition Wednesday afternoon.

Mike Ramos was shot and killed by Officer Christopher Taylor in April. Officer Mitchell Pieper hit Ramos with a “less-lethal” bean bag round before Taylor fired. Body and dash camera video of the shooting was released back in July.

Six months later, Taylor remains with the department.

Brenda Ramos and the Austin Justice Coalition said now that the APD Internal Affairs investigation is reportedly complete, they call on Chief Brian Manley to decide whether Taylor will continue as an APD officer.

They also asked detectives leading the criminal investigation into Taylor to issue an arrest warrant for him, if “sufficient probable cause” is found.

“Chief Manley and Austin police must now do their jobs and decide what to do now. Doing nothing is not an option,” Brenda Ramos said during the press conference.

“I don’t feel comfortable with myself. It’s been too long, and I’m hurting and going through this—it’s just been too long,” she added.

Also in July, Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore announced she wouldn’t bring the case to a grand jury before leaving office.

The press conference started at 3 p.m. at La Mexicana Bakery on South First Street in south Austin. A mural was painted in Mike’s honor on the side of the bakery in September.

Brenda Ramos, mother of Mike Ramos, and Austin Justice Coalition press conference held Oct. 14 (KXAN/Andrew Choat)
Brenda Ramos, mother of Mike Ramos, and Austin Justice Coalition press conference held Oct. 14 (KXAN/Andrew Choat)

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