What Does Justice For Ricky Ball Really Look Like?
NEW PICTURES FROM THE CRIME SCENE WHERE RICKY BALL WAS KILLED...AND SOME VERY IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT THAT FATAL NIGHT.
Thanks to the assistance of Councilman Turner and Ernesto Ball, we were able to retrace the route Ricky Ball took on the fatal night that he was gunned down on 10/16/15 by rogue police officers in Columbus, MS. These pictures are from that route. We've added text to better explain the pictures and to show how they are connected.
The picture of the Elder Sister's home is one of the most revealing ones in the collection. It shows just how much danger every man, woman and child in the neighborhood was in that tragic night. If this Elder Sister did not have a metal back door, she could have easily been killed by the disrespectful cowboy-like behavior of the officers involved in the shooting that night. At least nine shots were fired at Ricky that night. That was nine different times that anyone in this neighborhood could have been killed in one night by stray bullets from officers who are sworn to protect and serve these very same people...
The path that the bullet traveled between the the shooter's position and the lady's back door shows that the shooter was probably in the area of 21st St. North & 15th Ave. N. The trees and buildings between the shooter's position and the lady's back door provide a very narrow window for the path of the bullet to travel. The shooter most likely was still on 21st N. while Ricky was running down the open field towards the ditch beside 20th St. N, shown on the map in the slideshow above this article. This fact is supported by eye witness accounts that say Ricky was out of the car and running away before the driver even stopped completely and that Canyon Boykin just jumped out his car and started shooting right away. The shot into the lady's back door is very high on the door and the house itself is on blocks which makes the shot a very high and probably rushed shot. This suggest that Boykin, or whoever was the police shooter, was either standing in their car door while shooting or they were most likely shooting over the chained-link fence on 21st St. N into the open field were Ricky Ball would have been running. This is not the kind of shooting one would expect from a trained shooter like a police officer. However, when we account for the following facts, we can see why Boykin would shoot his first shot so quickly. (1) Boykin already knew who Ricky was. (2) Boykin had a history with Ricky which made him aware that, with such a big head start, Ricky was probably going to get away AGAIN. Boykin would have been full of adrenaline and anger. This combination of chemicals and emotions could easily cause him to shoot his first shot quickly and come close to killing an elderly lady in the neighborhood in the process. The CPD Press Release states "Officers lost sight of Mr. Ball following the shooting."; but which part of the shooting are they talking about? People who heard the shots said there were two quick shots followed by several rapid shots. There's no way to lose sight of a person you claimed you scuffled with in an open area like the area on 21st ST. N. And if this imaginary "scuffle" happened right before Ricky went around the apartment building, how do you explain the bullet hole in a lady's back door across the street...And Behind You?? The CPD Press Release is full of questionable statements like the one quoted.
People listening to their scanners that night heard an officer asking other officers to go to their private channel after the shooting. This officer was also heard on the scanner asking other officers to call him on his private cell phone. WHAT WAS REALLY GOING ON TO MAKE HIM WANT TO BE SO SECRETIVE THAT NIGHT??? Also, we are very interested in knowing exactly where the other 6 bullets landed if Ricky was only hit twice.
Ricky's blood on the side of the ditch on 20th St. N. shows that Ricky was hit before he cleared the ditch; probably when he was running through the open field. We believe the rapid shots that witnesses saw and heard happened after Boykin fell into the ditch and realized that Ricky was about to disappear around the corner of the apartment building on 20th St. N. shown in the slideshow pictures above. Boykin knew that once Ricky made it around the corner of the apartment building, there was a good chance that Ricky would have outran him for a third time. Also, after Canyon Boykin had already said he was going to "get him" the week before, Boykin was determined not to let Ricky get away again! This is most likely why there were so many shots fired during Boykin's second set of shots.
By this time Ricky did make it around the corner of the apartment building and began moving behind the building, he would have been hit at least twice. With his body burning from gunshot wounds and losing blood, it would make perfect sense for Ricky to begin screaming "Y'all get 'em, help me, they gonna kill me!"
As Ricky passed by the clothes line pole in the pictures above, his blood splashed onto the pole as if his blood was being slung from his body or clothing. Ricky Ball's blood is still on this pole. Other pictures also show Ricky's blood on a white object on the ground and on the tires shown in the same picture with the clothes line pole within our slideshow. The large drops of his blood suggest Ricky was probably moving very slowly at this point as his body was most likely going into shock before he finally hid himself.
Although, the CPD Press Release said a K-9 was called in to track Ricky, the Press Release did not actually say that the K-9 found Ricky. This is because CPD officers saw a caged dog, next door to where Ricky was hiding, looking and barking at the back of the house next door. If Ricky was already between the house like the CPD Press Release claims, officers would have seen him while walking around the houses looking for Ricky. Instead, witnesses said the officers were saying there must be something behind the house the way that dog keeps barking.
After they dragged Ricky between the two houses, the officers on the crime scene got real aggressive with neighbors, pointing and waiving guns at the people and demanding they get inside of their own homes...officers were trying to force some people into homes where they did not even live. People saw officers standing in a circle around Ricky with one of the officers doing something while standing bent over Ricky's body. When officers saw these people watching them, the officers made the people leave at gunpoint.
Even more people were still watching the scene from a distance though. These people said that after the officers dragged Ricky to where they wanted him to be, Ricky stayed between the houses for so long before officers allowed the EMS team to work on Ricky that they had no faith that Ricky was going to live through this traumatic event. More than one witness has said that it was at least 45 minutes after EMS arrived near the scene before officers allowed EMS to work on Ricky's gunshot wounds. Witnesses also said that even after they loaded Ricky into the back of the ambulance, the EMS personnel did not leave right away. Instead, the EMS team just sat there while officers entered and exited the back of the ambulance repeatedly. WHAT WERE THEY WAITING ON??? The people watching said when the ambulance did finally pull off, at least 20 minutes after loading Ricky into the back of the ambulance, that the driver turned off the flashing lights and interior lights as if they were transporting a deceased person.
Any novice researcher can learn that a penetrating trauma injury like a gunshot wound demands speed and timeliness. EMS personnel are trained to get a gunshot-wounded person to a hospital ASAP where the person can have access to a surgeon very quickly. So why would these paramedics go against their training when they knew they were dealing with someone that was shot and losing blood? The fact that Ricky Ball might still be alive if he had only been properly treated IS A FACT THAT CAN NOT BE IGNORED.
Even after allowing Ricky to bleed to death at the crime scene, the officers involved in his death continued their heinous disrespect for Ricky Ball's life by not allowing Ricky's family to be the first to identify his body. The officers told Ricky's family that the family could not see Ricky's body until his family brought a picture ID of Ricky because Ricky didn't have an ID on him when the ambulance brought him to the hospital. This might make some sense if the officers really had no idea about Ricky's identity. But, the fact is that this SOG group had been watching Ricky earlier that night at a nightspot on 15th St. North. THE FACT IS THE SOG GROUP WAS TOLD BY A NARCOTICS AGENT TO STOP RICKY IN THE FIRST PLACE!!! How in the hell could the officers not know who Ricky was when Ricky's family came to identify his body?? Every officer working that night knew who Ricky Ball was by the time he made it into the back of the ambulance, not to mention the hospital. These police officers went through all of this disrespectful pretending only to make it appear that Ricky's murder was not a planned event. Why would anyone be so disgustingly deceitful to the family of someone who had just been killed??
As you can see from this article, our new District Attorney, the MBI and the FBI have a lot of work in front of them. Whatever you can do to get our story known Nationally, we ask you to do just that. Share our website and our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter @jusforrickyball, subscribe to our YouTube channel, share this info with your local news station and everyone you believe will support our community. Everything that you do to help is greatly appreciated. Please feel free to leave your comments, share our blog and explore our website. Together, We can end the abuse of deadly force by unlawful public servants! We will ensure #justiceforrickyball !!! #iamrickyball
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