On November 29, 2021 a Tucson police officer fired multiple shots into the back of a 61 year old man in a mobility wheelchair.
The following information is from “KOLD13 News”
Shortly before 6 p.m. Monday, an employee at the Walmart near Midvale Park on West Valencia Road went to Officer Ryan Remington, a four-year veteran of the TPD, who was working off-duty security at the store.
The employee told Remington that 61-year-old Richard Lee Richards, who was in a scooter, allegedly stole a toolbox from the store.
According to Magnus, the employee and Remington followed Richards and asked for a receipt. Richards responded, “here’s your receipt,” pulled out a knife and kept moving.
Another officer, Stephanie Taylor, arrived just as Richards reached the Garden Center of the nearby Lowe’s Home Improvement.
Remington then told Richards to not enter the store but Richards ignored him. Remington shot Richards nine times, causing him to fall out of his scooter. Richards died at the scene.
Response From City Leaders
In Tuesday’s news conference Chief Magnus said he was “deeply disturbed and troubled” by Remington’s actions, which he called excessive use of force. Remington was fired Tuesday, according to Magnus.
“His use of deadly force in this incident is a clear violation of department policy and directly contradicts multiple aspects of our use of force and training,” Magnus said.
The officer has reportedly been fired. My opinion of this shooting is that this officer murdered this man. There were multiple other tactics that he and the other officer could have used including turning over the wheelchair and disarming the suspect. These officers today do not know anything but to go straight to their guns. They are so eager to shoot someone. They know that 9 times out of 10 that they will get away with it. People, it is getting so dangerous to have any contact with a law enforcer these days, even a casual encounter. They have an ego the size of an elephant and damn anyone attempt to question it.
Dear officers: WHAT DO YOU SEE WHEN YOU LOOK INTO THE MIRROR?
Here is the video. Warning-It’s graphic.