Cop Kills Innocent Man in School Pickup Line and Instead of Jail, He Gets an Award for It
By Matt Agorist
Pueblo West, CO — As TFTP reported last week, on the day Richard Ward, 32, was executed in cold blood in front of countless school children, he had harmed no one. He had committed no crime, and the only thing he did was confuse a different car for his mother’s car and try to get in it. This mistake, we have all likely made, led to Ward’s execution at the hands of Pueblo West’s finest.
Ward was killed in cold blood by deputies with the Pueblo County Sheriff’s office on Feb. 22, 2022. Despite clear video evidence of police yanking Ward from the car and putting three holes in him as they held him to the ground, none of the deputies involved faced any accountability. But that’s not the worst of it.
This month, the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Department held an awards ceremony just days before Ward’s family filed their wrongful-death lawsuit against the department. Deputy Charles McWhorter, who killed Ward, was given an award for his role in Ward’s execution that day.
Ward, who is uninjured in the video below, received a Purple Heart award because he allegedly hurt his finger and nose while pulling Ward from the vehicle to kill him.
It was a “truly a brazen act which mocks the very purpose of a Purple Heart,” Darold Killmer, attorney for the Ward family, told NPR.
“Pueblo’s cynical efforts to somehow make McWhorter a hero under these circumstances is disgusting,” Killmer said.
“It’s just shattered this whole family,” Kristy Ward Stamp, Ward’s mother, said when the family announced the lawsuit. And that was before she learned that the officer who killed her son got an award for it.
“It’s been really, really horrible. I don’t even know who I am anymore, but I’m working on it,” she said. “That’s about it.”
“It’s infuriating,” Ward’s younger brother, Eddy Stamp, said. “It’s so hard to watch the footage and see what happened with your own eyes.”
As we reported, on the day deputies killed him, Dave Lucero – a chief deputy at the time and now the Pueblo County Sheriff – told school officials that Ward was “an intruder and attacker” and that he “jumped out of the vehicle” to attack the deputy. As you will see in the video below, this was a blatant lie.
“To hear my younger brother say that other people’s parents are reading that story and that other kids in his class are referring to my brother as this intruder and attacker, and to have him not know how to even deal with that,” Eddy Stamp said.
Ward was sitting in the car with his mother and her boyfriend waiting for his younger brother to get out of Liberty Point International School in Pueblo West. According to family attorney Darold Killmer, Ward got out of the car to stretch his legs and smoke a cigarette. When he returned, Killmer said he accidentally got into another SUV that looked like his mother’s. Killmer said he quickly got out of that car and walked back to his mother’s car.
The woman whose car Ward entered would call 911 despite no crime being committed.
“At worst, he had startled a lady by opening her car door, though it was accidental, and nothing further happened when he realized his mistake,” Killmer said. “The officers had no basis to believe Richard had committed any crime and absolutely no basis to believe that Richard was a danger to them or anyone else.”
But these deputies were persistent and likely upset that Ward told them he didn’t like cops. So they pressed on and demanded he that empty his pockets and show his ID.
Once Ward told deputies what happened, they should’ve closed the car door and realized it was an honest mistake. But, instead, they escalated, and when Ward put something in his mouth — which is not a crime and was likely an anti-anxiety pill, which Ward told police about moments before — they pulled him from the vehicle.
Within seconds of pulling him from the vehicle, the unarmed man in the car line to pick up his little brother from school would have three bullet holes in his torso.
After filling him with holes, the two deputies stood over Ward’s dying body for several minutes, refusing to provide any aid. Not until a fire truck showed up did Ward receive any help.
“Rather than providing emergency medical care to Richard, such as applying pressure to the wound area or other potentially life-saving measures, both McWhorter and Gonzalez did absolutely nothing,” the attorney Killmer said. “Rather, they satisfied themselves to wait until an ambulance later arrived, by which time Richard had died.”
Though the link for the awards ceremony remains up, the department has taken down the photo of McWhorter receiving his award. Exactly why they did so is a mystery as they have refused to comment on the matter at all.
Here is the video link.
Source: The Free Thought Project
Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Minds.
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