Derek Colling Named as Deputy in Wyoming Shooting

Update 11/16/18: Partial footage from Derek Colling’s dash cam and body camera videos has been released. However, the footage was released selectively to media outlets, who in turn chose not to publicly broadcast the full videos, citing their “graphic nature.”  As a result, local residents have formed an “ad-hoc” group whose demands include release of those videos in full, as well as details of Derek Colling’s disciplinary records.

Official Confirmation That Derek Colling was the Shooter

Earlier this week, I posted about Derek Colling’s third fatal shooting as a police officer. Back in 2011, Colling was fired from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for excessive force. This followed an incident in which he beat and falsely arrested a man, a local copwatcher named Mitchell Crooks, after giving him an illegal order to stop filming him. Prior to that Colling had already killed two people, including a very controversial shooting of a mentally ill 15-year-old. This prompted Colling to be labeled the “most dangerous cop in America” by Cop Block. The video resulting from the beating led to the taxpayers of Las Vegas having to pay a $100,000 settlement and the end of Colling’s tenure at the LVMPD.

As is all too common within police departments, that however didn’t end Colling’s time as a cop. Instead, he was hired as an Albany County Sheriff‘s deputy in his home town of Laramie, Wyoming. In spite of his violent track record and the graphic nature of the video that led to his dismissal in Las Vegas, ACSO Sheriff Dave O’Malley enthusiastically stated that he had no reservations whatsoever about hiring Colling.

Of course, as is also way too common, Derek Colling has now killed a third person while working as a cop in Wyoming. Once again this involved a mentally ill person and in this case that person was confirmed to be unarmed. Initially, the Albany County Sheriff’s Office and other officials refused to name the deputy involved. Instead the family of his victim, Robbie Ramirez, provided what few details were released, including Colling’s identity as the shooter. His family also revealed that not only did Colling know Ramirez, but they even graduated high school together, played on the same baseball team, and sang on a choir together.

Wednesday morning, “coincidentally” right after the election in which Sheriff O’Malley was re-elected ended, it was officially confirmed that Colling was in fact the deputy that killed Ramirez.

Note: If you have videos, stories, upcoming events/protests, or personal interactions with the police (and/or “justice” system) that you would like to share, send them to us and we will do everything we can to bring it to the attention of the world. In addition, you can visit the Nevada Cop Block resources section for information and links to the rights of citizens when dealing with police, during which you should always be filming.

Discussion of Derek Colling on “ACAB Radio.”

In the video below, the hosts of the “ACAB Radio Las Vegas” podcast, a recently launched new collaboration between members of Food Not Bombs Las Vegas and NVCopBlock.org, discuss Derek Colling’s previous incidents which led to his firing at the LVMPD and his most recent shooting as a Wyoming deputy. (Unfortunately, the audio came out a bit low in the video. If you have headphones available, it is suggested that you take advantage of that option.)

ACAB Radio is recorded live (before a studio audience), every Tuesday afternoon. Currently, there are several ways the show can be viewed and/or listened to:

Derek Colling: The “Most Dangerous Cop in America”

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Kelly is a lifelong resident of Las Vegas, who’s been very active in local grassroots activism, as well as on a national level during his extensive travels. He’s also the founder/main contributor of Nevada Cop Block, served as editor/contributor at CopBlock.org and designed the Official Cop Block Press Passes.
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