Police Version of Events vs 19 Points of True Facts Surrounding Death of Ricky Ball
Police Version followed by 19 Points of Power and Truth from the Community
After Reading the Police Version, Continue Reading the 19 Points of True Facts From the Community and Neighborhood Eyewitnesses.
We all know that there are two version of the facts surrounding Ricky Ball's killing. Below is the official police version emailed to news stations by the resigning police chief, Tony Carleton.
(Please keep in mind that the police chief never held an official press conference. So far, all CPD press releases have been sent to news stations by email.)
COLUMBUS POLICE PRESS RELEASE
The following are facts which are known involving the shooting death of Ricky Ball on October 16th, 2015. Information in this case may seem to be given untimely or slower than you would like. I understand that. As the leader of the Columbus Police Department, I want the information you receive from me to be accurate. I am committed to transparency and want to keep you informed as this case progresses. Many questions you may have can still not be answered until MBI completes their investigation, and I do not want to comment on anything that involves their active investigation.
1) On October 16, 2015 at 10:08 p.m., a Columbus Police Officer radioed dispatch advising that a vehicle was failing to yield to blue lights which he was trying to stop. According to 911 the traffic stop was being attempted around 22nd Street North and 15th Avenue North
2) The next radio transmission was a report of shots being fired at their location.
3) The suspect vehicle was occupied by a female driver, Shannon Brewer, and a male passenger who was later identified as Ricky Ball.
4) Three police officers (Canyon Boykin, Johnny Branch, and Yolanda Young) and an unauthorized civilian ride-along passenger, Alisha Stanford, occupied the officer’s vehicle.
5) When the suspect vehicle stopped, the passenger, Ricky Ball, jumped out of the car and attempted to flee.
6) Officers attempted to arrest Ball which resulted in gunfire.
Specifics surrounding why Ricky Ball was shot are still being investigated by the MS Bureau of Investigations (MBI).
7) Officers lost sight of Mr. Ball following the shooting.
8) A perimeter was established and the officers called for more back-up.
9) Officers checked several abandoned houses in the area of 15th Avenue North and 20th Street North in attempts to locate Mr. Ball.
10) A K-9 with the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office was called in to track the suspect and started tracking at approximately 10:23p.m.
11) At approximately 10:30 p.m., Mr. Ball was found between two houses located on 14th Avenue North which is approximately a block and a half away from the vehicle which he was riding in.
12) A handgun and suspected illegal narcotics were found beside where Mr. Ball had collapsed. Forensic Examination, which includes DNA & Fingerprints, will have to be conducted by MBI to determine if Mr. Ball ever possessed any of these items.
13) Mr. Ball was transported by ambulance to the Baptist Memorial Hospital
where he was later pronounced deceased.
14) The handgun recovered beside Mr. Ball was reported stolen on August 5, 2015 in Columbus from a residential burglary of a Columbus Police Officer’s home on 4th Street North. This was the second residential burglary of this Police Officer’s home in less than a year.
The first burglary of this officer’s home was reported on Sept. 14, 2014 in which five (5) firearms, two (2) televisions, and an Xbox were stolen. Columbus Investigators are still actively looking for information on the location of Arthur Danagelo Davidson in connection to this burglary.
The second burglary was reported on August 5, 2015 at the same residence. In this burglary, two (2) firearms, one (1) television, one (1) laptop computer, one (1) handheld radio, and one (1) Xbox were stolen. The first firearm was the Officer’s Glock .40 service weapon along with his department issued handheld radio. The second firearm was a Taurus 9mm which was recovered within arm’s reach of Ricky Ball when officers discovered him lying on the ground between two homes off 14th Avenue North.
15) All three officers involved in the traffic stop the night of October 16th were equipped with Body Cameras. None were activated prior to or during the shooting. Only one camera recorded events, approximately 30 seconds after the shooting. All of the videos recorded that night by CPD have been turned over to MBI investigators.
WTVA.com | UPDATE: Columbus police release some shooting details
NOTE: The original story follows. The police department release is posted in its entirety at the bottom. COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) -- Columbus
CONTINUE READING TO HEAR THE 19 POINTS OF FACTS AND TRUTH ABOUT THE EVENTS SURROUNDING THE DEATH OF RICKY BALL......
19 Points of True Facts Surrounding Death of Ricky Ball
The community's version of the facts surrounding Ricky Ball's death are very different from the police version. These are just some of the facts known by the community.
1. Ricky Ball was killed for simply running away from his killer(s) and laughing at them previously.
2. Ricky Ball and Canyon Boykin have known each other since high school. In the past, Ricky had ran away from Boykin while laughing at Boykin on some other separate occasions before Ricky was killed. Ricky told one of his cousins that Boykin had pointed Ricky out to another officer the week before. Boykin said in front of a crowd "that m-f right there thinks he's above the law, but I'm gonna get him".
3. It is believed that Ricky was under a secret indictment and that this was the real reason for the traffic stop, not a faulty tag-light. Recently, it has come to light that CPD drug officer, Joseph Strevel, told Boykin and his gang to stop the car that Ricky was in because the narcotics agent received information, probably from the driver Shannon Brewer, that made him want Ricky stopped. Boykin and his gang knew Ricky was in the car BEFORE they stopped the car. It is also believed that Shannon Brewer, the driver of the vehicle, is a confidential informant for the Columbus, Mississippi police department. This would mean that Boykin, Young, Branch and others already knew that Ricky and Brewer were coming their way.
4. Resigning police chief, Tony Carleton, said the special operations group (SOG), that these officers were members of, was in the community to "build rapport" with the community. However, they were actually in the community to carry on the fake war on drugs, which is really a political holocaust against "black" and "brown" people to ensure they have no political, economic or social power in this country. Who do you know on Northside that would want to get friendly with two young white guys and a woman known for harassing our young people in the community?
5. Eyewitnesses say when Brewer stopped her car, Ricky only jumped out running and the officers jumped out running behind him while shooting.
6. Ricky jumped a ditch that he was familiar with. When Boykin approached this same ditch, he fell in.
7. When the embarrassed and enraged Boykin rose from the ditch, he fired several more shots at Ricky as Ricky ran away. This shooting was done in a heavily populated community with elderly people, families and children all in harms way. One of Boykin's bullets lodged into the back door of an elder lady in the neighborhood.
8. Ricky was hit repeatedly in the shooting and was running through the neighborhood screaming "y'all help me, they gonna kill me!". Eyewitnesses heard and saw this fact.
9. Ricky eventually hid in the neighborhood trying to save his life.
10. Neighbors who heard the shots and Ricky's screams came out of their homes to see what was going on.
11. These same eyewitness neighbors were intimidated by officers on the scene. According to several speakers at a heavily attended city council meeting, these officers intimidated these witnesses with threats of arrest and by pointing guns in the witnesses' faces ordering these witnesses to get back into their homes and and making others get away from the area.
12. At some point the officers discovered Ricky as he was hiding for his life.
13. While Ricky was laying between the homes, eyewitnesses saw one of the officers on the scene drop a gun down beside Ricky while he was laying there bleeding to death. The gun actually belongs to an officer who was on the crime scene that night.
14. Eyewitnesses say both of the ambulances that arrived on the scene sat up by the projects for an extremely long amount of time before one of them was allowed to work on Ricky's fatal wounds.
15. Eyewitnesses say none of the police on the scene attended to Ricky's bullet wounds. They ALL just let him lay there bleeding to death until they allowed the first responders onto the scene.
16. Eyewitnesses say Ricky was alive and moving his head when he was put into the ambulance. The ambulance remained on the scene for a long time with Ricky in the back bleeding to death. Instead of rushing Ricky to the hospital with sirens blasting, the ambulance just sat there too long. When the ambulance did finally head to the hospital, they turned off the interior lights and eased off the scene as if nothing had ever happened, according to eyewitnesses. This conspiracy guaranteed that Ricky would die and never be able to tell authorities what really happened to him. To add insult to injury, the CPD at the hospital did not allow Ricky Ball's family to view his body the next morning under claims that Ricky had no ID on him so they didn't know who he was...even though these same officers had been watching Ricky Ball the night before and had received a call to stop a car because Ricky Ball was in the car.
17. The chief of police, Tony Carleton, "worked" the scene over the phone. The community still has not been told where Carleton was and why he was not at the scene of a fatal shooting by one of his officers.
18. After this community tragedy and at two of the most critical meetings where the community could have gotten some real answers from the police department, the mayor allowed for the chief of police, the assistant chief and the captain of criminal investigations to be out of town and on vacation, all at the same time, in the middle of a possible murder case involving their officers. A fatal shooting and possible homicide by your department would be as good a reason as any to get back to work immediately by plane, train or any means.
19. Canyon Boykin tried to resign but was fired by the city council instead. The other two team members of Boykin were only suspended and may be still lurking in our communities. They should have been fired as well. The chief of police, Tony Carleton, should have been fired also for letting his department be so bad that 3 officers felt it was okay to break their own rules which lead to the death of a citizen and a possible homicide by these same officers with no video evidence! Instead the mayor and a majority vote of the city council allowed Police Chief Carleton to resign for a teaching job that he claimed he had been waiting on in Alabama. The truth is that it is common knowledge around the city that Chief Carleton was actually trying to get the police chief job at Ole Miss before this fatal shooting took place by his outlaw officers. Chief Carleton still has not addressed the people of our community where his officers were shooting-up like it was the wild wild west with no respect for ANYONE living there. Tony Carleton is now working near Ole Miss at the Oxford, MS Police Department. Yolanda Young and Johnny Branch are back on the Columbus police force. Joseph Strevel resigned from the Columbus Police department and is believed to be now working for the local Lowndes County Sheriff's Department.
What do you all think about the community's version of what happened to Ricky Ball? We need to get answers so justice can be swift and certain. Please share our story and Please comment on our Facebook page "Justice for Ricky Ball." #iamrickyball #justiceforrickyball #rickyball