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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.


Pickleball gold rush links LeBron with Austin and a network of local investors like Brené Brown

King James

It's not on the level of LeBron signing with the Spurs, but who knows, maybe you'll see him at Guero's one day, having a Rob's Especial marg and a No. 1 dinner?

LeBron James, Draymond Green, Kevin Love, LeBron's business partner Maverick Carter, and a bunch of other sports-related investors are buying a Major League Pickleball expansion franchise.

Oddly, MLP teams aren't associated with places, so at this point it's just "an expansion team."

But Major League Pickelball is based in Austin, created, according to the Austin Business Journal, by Dreamland and Richard's Rainwater owner Steve Kuhn.

League investors include familiar Austin names like C3 Presents founders Charles Attal and Charlie Walker, Parsley Energy founder and partial Austin FC owner Brian Sheffield, Silicon Labs Chairman Nav Sooch, and pickleball enthusiast Brené Brown.

Fall camping: Camp Fimfo Waco offers one-of-a-kind experiences in the heart of Texas
Camp Fimfo Waco

Camp Fimfo Waco, a brand new camping resort, is kicking off football and fall camping season in style! With top-notch amenities, premium accommodations, and 10 weekends of fall fun, there’s no better place to have a fall camping getaway, especially if you’re a Baylor football fan!

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