Exclusive: Cops Turn Off Body Cams Before Killing Man – Witnesses Watch them Plant Gun, Drugs

Justin Gardner | The Free Thought Project

Witnesses say they watched in disbelief as cops killed a man, then planted a gun and drugs ‘within arms reach’ of his lifeless body.

Columbus, MS – On the night of October 16, Ricky Ball, 26, was shot and killed by officers of the Columbus Police Department (CPD). Beyond this fact, the official story is hotly disputed by family and community members, who say that one cop had it out for Ricky and maliciously ended his life that night.

There are several questionable circumstances surrounding the case, which is now in the hands of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI) and the FBI. The Free Thought Project has been in contact with someone in the community who was close to Ricky, but has chosen to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation from police.




As the ‘official’ story goes, Ball was a passenger in a vehicle on Oct. 16 which was pulled over by the three cops for “careless driving, no light above the license plate and lack of insurance.” Ball fled the scene but was chased down and shot, and then collapsed about a block and a half away from the traffic stop. He died at the hospital from blood loss.

Canyon Boykin, the officer believed to be the shooter, stated in his report that Ricky pointed a gun at the officers. A CPD press release did not include that statement, only saying that “Officers attempted to arrest Ball which resulted in gunfire.”

The three cops involved—Canyon Boykin, Johnny Branch and Yolanda Young—violated department policy by not turning on their body cameras prior to engaging Ball. They also had an “unauthorized civilian” riding with them in the patrol car.


As a result of this, along with posting racial slurs on social media, Boykin was fired by the Columbus City Council. Branch and Young were suspended for 30 days without pay.

The Sunday after Boykin was fired, police chief Tony Carleton unexpectedly submitted his letter of resignation. The following Tuesday he handed off the internal investigation to the FBI, responding to doubts in the community that the city would carry out a fair investigation.

Then, on Nov. 12, assistant chief Tony McCoy submitted his paperwork for retirement, effective Jan. 16.

While the motives of the chief’s and assistant chief’s departure may remain a mystery, there is a great deal of suspicion about the gun allegedly found near Ricky Ball’s body.


Officers claimed that they found a 9mm handgun “within arm’s reach” and a bag of narcotics near Ricky’s body, which they dragged from underneath a house where he was hiding. The MBI is conducting forensics to determine if Ball ever possessed the gun or the narcotics.

People on the scene have already voiced what they witnessed. According to the website Justice for Ricky Ball:

“Eyewitnesses have made it known in the community that a CPD officer was seen dropping the gun beside Ricky’s body after they pulled him from underneath an eyewitness’ home.”

According to our source, the officer who owned the gun was off-duty the night of Ricky’s death but was first on the scene after the shooting. It was also said that cops pointed their guns at witnesses and told them to go inside.

Days before Chief Carleton quit the department, The Dispatch reported that the gun was stolen from another CPD officer’s residence.

Somehow, this same officer had guns stolen from his residence twice, three weeks apart.
All of these suspicious circumstances demand that a full investigation be completed into the death of Ricky Ball. It is well-known that cops plants drugs and guns on people, especially when the cops are in jeopardy of being accused of a crime or murder.

According to family and community members, officer Boykin (who made racial slurs online) killed Ricky because he had escaped chases before and laughed at the cops.

Following is the account from eyewitnesses posted on Justice for Ricky Ball:

(A) when Boykin and his gang pulled over the car that Ricky was a passenger in, Ricky jumped out and was running AWAY before Boykin and his gang could even get out of their unmarked car.
(B) Boykin jumped out of his car and fired at least two shots at Ricky WITHOUT ANY interaction between him and Ricky whatsoever. By the time Boykin began shooting, Ricky was yards away from him. Ricky was too far away for Boykin to try to tase or arrest Ricky.
(C) While chasing Ricky, Boykin fell into a ditch that Ricky jumped over, Boykin came up in the ditch shooting several more shots at Ricky. Ricky is running away from Boykin this whole time and at some point Ricky is hit from behind by some of Boykin’s bullets.
(D) As Ricky is running through his neighborhood screaming “y’all help me, they gonna kill me”, neighbors began coming outside their homes to see what all the shooting and yelling was about. One of Boykin’s bullets went into one of these neighbors’ door. Ricky eventually hid underneath the home of one neighbor, but Boykin and his gang found Ricky and pulled him from underneath the house and placed Ricky between that home and another one.
(E) Although officers on the scene were intimidating the people watching this incident by pointing guns in these people’s faces telling them to get in the house and to get out of their own windows, some people still managed to see officers tase Ricky while he was laying there bleeding to death. Neighbors also managed to see an officers plant a gun near where they had laid Ricky after pulling him from underneath a home.
(F) The paramedics involved took entirely too long to move from their staging area up the street from where Ricky was laying to the actual place where Ricky was laying. The paramedics did not leave the scene to take Ricky to the hospital with any sirens on or with any interior lights on or any police escorts. The paramedics left the shooting scene in no hurry at all as if they were carrying a dead body, even though Ricky was alive when they put him inside the ambulance.”
Family members and residents of Columbus have been carrying out demonstrations at Columbus Municipal Complex, saying they will peacefully protest at every city council meeting until “justice has been served.”

There is no word on the progress of investigations by the MBI or FBI. If forensics cannot determine that Ricky Ball actually possessed the handgun, then criminal behavior on the part of the cops must be investigated. A good place to start would be to look at phone records and find out if Boykin or the other two cops contacted the off-duty owner of the gun that night.




Just one state over, in Alabama, multiple cops have just been exposed for planting guns and drugs on over 1,000 innocent young black men – some of whom are still in jail for it. Many police officers have also admitted to carrying ‘throw-away’ weapons to plant on suspects in case they kill them under questionable circumstances.

If history has taught us anything, it’s that more often than not, police will lie to fabricate a narrative to justify their violent escalation. It is more likely than not that Ricky Ball was murdered for running away and the entire ‘official’ story is a lie.

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  • Mike

    If the cops did this, they should be publicly executed by anti-aircraft guns. The sad part is the taxpayers will end up paying the civil settlement.

    • connie lingus

      They didn’t Mike. This is just more armchair bullshit by cop haters!

      • Joseph Edward Bodden

        yEAh, like those lousy crummy low down no good American colonials! Can’t even dress up in fancy red coats like our good British boys… serves ’em right to get trampled, lynched and murdered. Dam Brit haters… btw, what is your badge number?

        • connie lingus

          Who ties your shoes for you, moron?

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            the same fucking idiot that named you.

          • connie lingus

            Like I said, who ties your shoes, moron!

  • keepitreal

    Cops deserve to die…It’s as simple as that…. Kill them all you want…

    • connie lingus

      How does it feel being born a fucked up piece of dog shit? Your mother wishes she had swallowed that night!

      • keepitreal

        Awwwwwwwww… That’s so cute… My opinion hewts ur wittle feewings…. I love being a pile of dog shit. Eat me, lick me, sniff me, rub me, throw me…I think dear ole mommy did swallow that night. Better to be swallowed than dropped on your head, on the dance floor, during prom night. Did your mom try to flush you down the toilet that night? It can sure be embarrassing knowing everyone’s danced on your afterbirth. I see you’ve made it out the sewer alive though. Good for you….I hear struggles can make people a lot stronger on the inside. Sewage experience counts Connie. No ones judging you. No one cares that you eat dog shit like me or walk around smelling of human waste…….It’s okay

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          Like I said, you are dog shit!

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            Kewl… And you’re sewage prom night baby

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            Like I said, you are ignorant dog shit!

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            Sewage prom night baby

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            Like I said, you are ignorant dog shit!

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            Like I said, you are ignorant dog shit!

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    Treacherous acts of terrorism white pig and toilet monkey FAILURES far from civilized and developed!!!

    • connie lingus

      Stupid fucking know it all!

  • keepitreal

    I laugh when cops die

    • Joseph Edward Bodden

      I don’t, in the American body the police are the white blood cells, that protect and maintaining immunity against disease. When the leukocytes begin to attack the healthy cells of the body, it is cancer, leukemia. Without treatment, death ensues. Slow, painful, agonizing death as the body destroys itself from inside.

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