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.

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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?

          • Joseph Edward Bodden

            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

        • connie lingus

          Like I said, you are dog shit!

          • keepitreal

            Kewl… And you’re sewage prom night baby

          • connie lingus

            Like I said, you are ignorant dog shit!

          • keepitreal

            Sewage prom night baby

          • connie lingus

            Like I said, you are ignorant dog shit!

          • keepitreal

            Sewage prom night baby

          • connie lingus

            Like I said, you are ignorant dog shit!

  • Whitepigs rape babies

    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.

      • So What

        Actually, the second amendment are the white blood cells of society. It should be up to each individual to protect themselves. Not rely on someone else to do it

        • Joseph Edward Bodden

          You are right, which is why the second amendment, being the holy anointed article of divine grace that it is, ensures that each and EVERY INDIVIDUAL, including serial killer, mass murderers, mental defectives, crooked detectives, is going to at all times be a sane, mentally stable, reasonable person with perfect self control and sober decision making skills intact. thank GOD for that second amendment, IT CAN CURE ANYTHING!!!

          • So What

            Only the strong survive… If you’re defective it might be your own fault…

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          • Joseph Edward Bodden

            Lakota Sioux actually. Shall – I – spell – it – for – you? Troll.

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            Bored now.

          • So What

            You mean Lakota Sioux N – I – G – G – E – R. There, I spelt it for ya. Oh you thought niggers only come in the color black. That’s racist you dumb fuck nigger you…