A deputy with the Albany County Sheriff's Office was placed on administrative leave after fatally shooting a man in Laramie on Sunday. The American Civil Liberties Union of Wyoming is releasing the following statement from Sabrina King, ACLU of Wyoming policy director:
“Our country is devastated by the deaths and injuries of hundreds of people, many of them unarmed, at the hands of police officers. We need drastic changes in our approach to public safety nationwide and here in Wyoming. The residents of Laramie, along with the family of the Robbie Ramirez, deserve to know what happened in this latest tragic incident.
“The investigation should be transparent and done in a timely manner. We have asked that the sheriff’s office release the name of the officer involved in the shooting, along with any body and/or dash camera footage of the incident. Additionally, if the officer involved has been previously involved in police shootings, the sheriff’s office must engage in a comprehensive and public review of hiring practices so Laramie residents can have some assurance this will never happen again.
“There is no reason for a shooting like this to happen anywhere. No community should fear police, and it is incumbent on the Albany County sheriff’s office to make sure the fear and distrust that has already come from this shooting is addressed publicly and immediately.”