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Austin officer charged with murder in Michael Ramos’ death as lawmakers file bills making it harder to withhold body camera footage

The Austin police officer who shot and killed Michael Ramos last year has been charged with first-degree murder, the Travis County District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday morning. It is the first known murder indictment for an Austin police officer in a use of force incident, the office said.

A warrant had been issued Wednesday for the arrest of Christopher Taylor with a bond set for $100,000, TCSO spokesperson Kristen Dark confirmed to the Texas Tribune. Taylor turned himself into the Travis County Jail and was released on bond within about a half hour around midnight, Dark said Thursday. His indictment states he cannot hold employment with access to a firearm, and he cannot possess personal firearms. An Austin Police Department spokesperson said Thursday afternoon Taylor is on unpaid administrative leave and turned in his gun.

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