Austin police officer Christopher Taylor charged with first-degree murder in Mike Ramos shooting
Last April Michael Ramos was fatally shot in his vehicle while slowly pulling away from police and heading into a dead end. Hendler Flores Law represents Brenda Ramos, Mike’s mother, in a lawsuit against the City of Austin, the Austin Police Department and police officer Christopher Taylor, who fired the fatal shots. Mike was unarmed and confused when he attempted to drive away headed into a dead end.
On March 10, 2021 a Travis County Grand Jury charged police officer Christopher Taylor with first-degree murder in the Mike Ramos shooting death, marking the first time in decades – perhaps ever – an APD officer has faced such a serious charge in an excessive force case. Brenda Ramos, the victim’s mother, is bringing the lawsuit in the hope of vindicating her son’s civil rights and holding Officer Taylor and the Austin Police Department accountable for their actions and their policies that result in unjustified and excessive incidents of use of force against members of Austin’s Black and Hispanic communities. Ms. Ramos’ lawsuit against the City of Austin and the Austin Police Department includes claims of fostering systemic inequalities against communities of color.