Two Austin police officers, including one already charged with murder, charged on Friday, July 2019, with shooting a scientist who reported that his neighbors were in danger of mental health. it was done.
A special Travis County grand jury has charged Austin police officers Christopher Taylor and Karl Clicia with murder and fatal acts in the shooting of Maurice de Silva. The shooting took place after a neighbor in a downtown condo building reported that De Silva had a mental illness break and had a knife around his neck.
Police reported that Taylor, Krissha, and third officers confronted De Silva and told him to drop the knife. Taylor and Krissha shot him and the third officer fired a stun gun as De Silva lowered his knife to his side and proceeded toward the cops.
Both Taylor and Krissha are free in their own perception and away from the police. “To protect the completeness of the criminal procedure in this matter, APD delayed reaching a conclusion in the executive review of officers’ actions,” police said in a statement.
Taylor’s lawyer issued a statement defending his actions, saying he had no choice but to use deadly power to protect himself. They predicted the jury’s acquittal and refused to hear from a grand jury expert on the use of force, which Travis District Attorney Jose Garza reviewed the case and found the shooting to be justified. Complained.
“So far, we have refrained from accusing district attorney Jose Garza of waging a war with police officers. What else is he doing after two new murder charges today? I don’t know how to characterize it, “said Austin lawyers Ken Irvin and Doug O. Connell of the joint statement.
The district attorney’s office responded with a statement that the allegations leveled by Taylor’s lawyer were false. It was not immediately clear if Krissha had a lawyer.
Taylor had already been charged with murder in April 2020. Michael Ramos was unarmed and shot dead when he began to flee from the possibility of a drug bust.
Police said police were investigating reports of people using drugs in cars, including armed men, when they encountered Ramos.
Manly got out of the car as Ramos raised his hand and raised his shirt to indicate that there was no gun in his waistband, but ignored the officer’s order to stay out of the car and was first shot with a bean bag. Away, Taylor shot him with a rifle, saying he drove next.