Police Abuse

Texas Cops Left Man They Shot to Die, Witness Claims; Police Deny Allegation, Still Not Releasing Dashcam Video

Ruben Villalpando's family, which has seen the video, says he was unarmed and gave police no reason to shoot him.

|

family photo

Last month Ruben Villalpando was shot and killed by police from Grapevine, Texas after disobeying an order at a traffic stop and leading them on a chase into another town, according to Grapevine police. Police in Euless, where the shooting took place, are investigating the incident. Villalpando's family says he was unarmed when he was shot and the police have not contradicted that claim. Local activists say he was an illegal immigrant and that could have contributed to fear of an engagement with policy.

Now a witness has come forward who says police left Villalpando on the side of the road to die. Via CBS Dallas:

Driver Patricia Murphy lives in Euless and says what she saw last month isn't what she would expect from a police officer. Murphy admits she did not witness the shooting, but says she saw the body of Mr. Villalpando on the side of the road.

Murphy said she thought the man laying motionless needed help, but she didn't have a cell phone to call 911. She said it wasn't until later that she learned it was a police shooting.

Murphy also claims that when she drove by there were no police officers at the scene.

"Why didn't the policeman stand by the scene until more people arrived?" Murphy questioned at a Thursday press conference. "There was just a dead body lying on the ground."

Police call Murphy's allegations a lie. Dash cam footage of the incident was seen by Villalpando's family—they say he had his hands up before police shot him—but police won't release the video to the public yet. They say when the video is released, it will exonerate the officers, who have not been charged with a crime. Via CNN:

"There will be more information released as the investigation continues. This additional information may shed more light on Mr. Villalpando's actions that night," police and city officials in Grapevine said last week. "We look forward to the time that the community can review the dash cam video of this incident, which we believe will answer many questions and correct some misconceptions about this incident."

Villalpando was one of three Mexican nationals in fatal police shootings in the last month that have led to calls from the Mexican government for federal investigations.

NEXT: Steven Greenhut on a Union-Scuttled Deal to Save a California Hospital System

Editor's Note: We invite comments and request that they be civil and on-topic. We do not moderate or assume any responsibility for comments, which are owned by the readers who post them. Comments do not represent the views of Reason.com or Reason Foundation. We reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason at any time. Report abuses.

  1. The caption on the photograph makes it sound like the cops took the picture.

    1. I’ve made $64,000 so far this year working online and I’m a full time student. I’m using an online business opportunity I heard about and I’ve made such great money. It’s really user friendly and I’m just so happy that I found out about it. Heres what I’ve been doing,
      http://www.jobfinder247.com

  2. As long as the cops got home safely. That’s the important thing. #BlueLivesMatter

  3. “He made a furtive death twitch!”

    /cops

  4. he was unarmed and gave the police no reason to shoot him

    Sure lady, that’s what they all say.

  5. Hands up. Body left on the ground. Seems to be the new trend.

    1. A new dance move, the hands up death spasm.

  6. It would be a privacy violation, not to mention a HIPAA violation, for the cops to release the dash-cam footage or comment on the case. If not wrt the deceased, then for the cop suffering the mental anguish of having killed a Mexican and facing literally minutes of intense scrutiny for his actions. Some people think cops shooting Mexicans is pert near as bad as cops shooting a dog, I’m sure.

    1. What else would you do with a dead Mexican but leave him on the side of the road with the rest of the garbage?

  7. Driver Patricia Murphy lives in Euless and says what she saw last month isn’t what she would expect from a police officer.

    But now at least she knows it’s what she should expect from a police officer.

    1. A tough lesson was learned.

      1. Doubt it. She probably thinks she witnessed a bad apple, not a typical cop displaying the depraved indifference that is police culture.

      2. Don’t bet on it.

      3. The woman saw a man lying alone beside a road, and she thought he needed help, and she drove on.

        Her critical thinking skills aren’t deserving of such optimism.

  8. Flashforward 8 months when the investigation is concluded:

    No mistakes were made, nobody is to blame, officers will now be trained to yell “Stop resisting!” in Spanish before blasting away.

    1. Deje de Resistir! *BLAM* *BLAM* *BLAM* *BLAM* *BLAM*

  9. This additional information may shed more light on Mr. Villalpando’s actions that night

    What about shedding more light on your cops’ actions that night?

    1. That’s funny!

      1. Generally speaking, if the video shows the police acting heroically in the face of a dangerous assailant, they get that video out to the media pretty darned quickly.

        The same goes if it shows someone behaving particularly badly. They’ll have video of someone robbing a lady at the ATM out to media for broadcast that night. The drunk guy at the roadside stop who berates police and gets led away in handcuffs – on TV ASAP! Footage from the solicitation sting operation this evening? That’ll run at 11pm. You know, to make sure public awareness is up. And shame Johnny Businessman.

        Police have a questionable arrest? Yeah…. that footage might have to await the outcome of an internal investigation which will certainly show that procedures were followed and…..

  10. I noticed the police in Ferguson administered first aid to each other when shot – unlike Tamir Rice and Eric Gardner who they just watched die.

    1. They’re only trained to administer aid to other cops. They need extra training to administer aid to peasants.

    2. Procedures were followed.

  11. Maybe he had his hands up just like Brown in Ferguson did!

    Oh yea! That guy (already with a conviction for lying in court) admitted he … lied…

    yea, still waiting for the apologies from all the hands up don’t shoot people…

    yawn…

    allegations be just that… allegations.

    all those nimrods were SURE Brown had his hands up and was surrendering too!

    mebbe this fuckstick did, mebbe he didn’t.

    and we wait…

    1. I noticed you called Mr. Villalpando, the gunshot victim, a derogatory name.

      Nice objectivity.

      1. You can’t just objectively shoot someone dead. You have to develop a preconceived notion of the fuckstick before the evidence is weighed and/or their guilt considered. That’s just how guilty until proven innocent works.

        You have to spend lots of time and effort in training to develop the ‘unarmed traffic violation *require* shooting solutions’ mindset.

        1. As a cop, any individual is subservient to you because you serve the People. The People means everyone else. This Divine Right of the King Will of the People means anything you do is justified, and that any command you give must be obeyed. Anyone who doesn’t obey has forfeited their life, and if they live it is only because you were merciful.

    2. shreek?

      You certainly aren’t the original Dunphy.

      You have to be shreek. Accusing people here collectively of something I don’t remember anyone doing. Even now most here complain about the Ferguson case because they thought the shoot was probably good and not a good example of police misconduct.

      And, we don’t owe you shit, fuckstick.

    3. yea, still waiting for the apologies from all the hands up don’t shoot people…

      You poor baby. I hope you get an apology real soon. This breaks my heart.

  12. The police will allege that the dashcam conveniently malfunctioned at the time of the shooting.

    1. derp derp derp

      1. Fuck off Tulpa.

  13. btw, here’s a hint for the ignorati

    GENERALLY SPEAKING, they are not going to release any dashcam video before the interviews are complete, because of course they can poison people’s recollection

    people who view the video may “recall” things differently so of course they are going to try to ensure the interviews are done first.

    for ignorati who don’t understand how investigations are conducted, this may help your limited understanding… be less limited.

    the fresher the better for witness interviews, and the less exposure to others’ testimony and ESPECIALLY stuff like third party videos, the better

    obviously.

    that’s of course if you want a search for truth, …

    1. My search for truth would not take me anywhere in your direction, Dunphy. Not because the truth lies in that direction, but because your lies, distortions, and cognitive dissonance crowd out the truth.

      1. To a cop, the truth is whatever lie gets the desired result.

        1. We serve a greater truth, made from lesser lies.

    2. Are you claiming a video of what actually happened would lead to false memories somehow?

      1. Right? Isn’t it conventionally *after* the state doctors it that it starts implanting false memories?

  14. Murphy said she thought the man laying motionless needed help, but she didn’t have a cell phone to call 911.

    Isn’t that just like a free Obamaphone? Never one around when you need it.

  15. “but Brown had his hands up”

    EVEN HOLDER now admits this was a LIE…

    still waiting for all those apologies from the hands up don’t shoot people…

    yea, we be waitin’

    mebbe this guy did or didn’t

    but those interested in a search for truth don’t rush to judgment.

    1. still waiting for all those apologies from the hands up don’t shoot people…

      Wilson allowed what turned out to be a perp to reach into his vehicle and discharged his weapon inside the car. The only thing that prevented a bystander from being shot or the gun from being stolen entirely seems to be dumb luck. I, and others, claimed from the beginning, he deserved to be fired and certainly should stand before a grand jury. He did and was allowed to resign.

      I’d prefer Wilson alive and serving time for his crime and that the rioting/looting and military-style crackdown and media-blackout never happened. Other than that, I’m not the least bit sorry about what happened.

      1. I’d prefer *Brown* alive and serving time for his crime(s)…

    2. Interesting you can comment on this, but haven’t said a peep about your Ferguson heroes in blue being exposed for being the corrupt, racist, oppressive gang they are.

      1. You say that like the cops in Ferguson are any different from any other police force. They aren’t.

        1. I didn’t mean it like that at all. Just that not every police force gets exposed as badly as Ferguson’s did.

        2. The entire law enforcement and judicial system in the St. Louis County area seems to be especially terrible. AFAIK, there really isn’t anything like it in the country. A hodgepodge of small cities with confusing geographies that would make the Holy Roman Empire blush, each with their own independent municipal court.

          In St. Louis County, it’s completely possible for a person to get dinged six times in a day for the same trivial infraction — say, a broken tail light — and be required to appear in six different courts on six different days to pay identical fines six times (in fact, such things are documented to occur). If you miss one court date for whatever reason or miss a deadline to pay one fine, you can be thrown in jail for contempt (along with being fined more).

          It’s crazy.

      2. He says it like Eric Holder’s word is worth a damn.

        1. That might be relevant if the only evidence that Ferguson’s PD is guilty of those things was Eric Holder’s word.

          1. That might apply to the investigation of the actual shooting. That does not apply to the “civil rights” investigation whose findings are almost wholly dependent on political whim.

            1. “That does not apply to the “civil rights” investigation whose findings are almost wholly dependent on political whim.”

              So evidence doesn’t count as long as it comes from a department headed by Eric Holder? I suppose Holder manufactured all the emails and all the evidence of policing for revenue and other corrupt policing methods (and apparently held off on doing so for the shooting, for whatever reason), and I suppose all the people resigning are just doing it for shits and giggles. Eric Holder might not be the most credible person in the world (though it’s not like Holder singlehandedly personally carries out these investigations), but the Ferguson PD sure as shit isn’t exactly an institution brimming with credibility . It’s not like anything in that report was a surprise to residents.

      3. If Ferguson simply charged the local police for their many crimes, there would be plenty of money to balance budget.

        As long as they ignore old white men, I’m happy.

        BTW, why is a black majority town run by these KKK rejects? Have they not heard of voting?

  16. police won’t release the video to the public yet. They say when the video is released, it will exonerate the officers, who have not been charged with a crime.

    If that isn’t a tacit admission that they’re fucking with the video, I don’t know what is. If they aren’t, they could release it and exonerate now. The only possible reason not to is to fuck with it. Jesus they’re fucking transparent.

    1. In other news, Grapevine TX announced a casting call for slim Latino men.

      1. Channing Tatum is in talks to play the part of the arresting hero. And apparently there was a highly attractive young female there with no relevance to the plot.

        We’re creating fine art here, people, these things take time.

  17. I am not going to comment on this until I see the video.

    Relatedish:

    For Scruffy Nerfherder –

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJ3XwizTqDw

    1. Wow.

      And wow again.

  18. Talking about Texas, the Court of Criminal Appeals (the highest state criminal court) recently suspended one of the most effective death penalty defense attorneys in the country for a year.

    His offense? Filing a brief 30 minutes late (maybe; the CCA’s rules on timely filings are, at best, confusing). Since this was his second “late” filing in 6 years, the court suspended him. His first “late” filing was 30 min late because there was a power outage at his office building.

    Yeah, Texas…

  19. before I saw the bank draft which said $5196 , I accept that my brother was trully making money parttime at there computar. . there uncles cousin haz done this 4 less than 6 months and a short time ago cleared the loans on their appartment and purchased a top of the range Audi Quattro . read the article………

    ????? http://www.netjob70.com

  20. I’ve made $64,000 so far this year working online and I’m a full time student. I’m using an online business opportunity I heard about and I’ve made such great money. It’s really user friendly and I’m just so happy that I found out about it. Heres what I’ve been doing,

    http://www.jobs-check.com

  21. He committed the Cardinal Sin…he made cops chase him.

  22. Yes, there needs to be a Federal Investigation….of the Mexican Government.

  23. I wonder if the problem is that the dash cam was within 25 feet of the shooting cops.

Please to post comments

Comments are closed.