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Austin police officer who killed Michael Ramos charged with murder

The Austin police officer who shot and killed Michael Ramos last April has been charged with murder, according to local reports.

An arrest warrant had been issued for Officer Christopher Taylor, according to the Travis County Sheriff's Office. He was booked overnight and is out of jail as of Thursday morning on bond, as reported by KXAN; his bail was set at $100,000.

The issuing of the warrant marks the first time in decades that an officer has faced a murder charge in an excessive force case, according to the Austin American-Statesman, which first reported the news along with KVUE.

Travis County District Attorney Jose Garza has said he would ask a grand jury to consider charges related to the death of Michael Ramos by March 30, as reported by the Statesman.

Ramos, an unarmed 42-year-old Black and Latino man, was killed during a shooting at a southeast Austin apartment complex parking lot. Along with the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Ramos' death set off mass protests against police violence and racial injustice in Austin last summer.

Additionally, Taylor was one of two APD officers in the summer of 2020 who shot and killed Mauris DeSilvaMauris DeSilva, who was undergoing a mental health crisis at the time of the encounter.


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