Ryan Ronquillo Shooting Deemed Justified, But Family Says Police Murdered Him

Last month, we told you about the police killing at a Denver funeral home of Ryan Ronquillo, a suspected car thief who was slated to attend the viewing of a deceased friend.

Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey has now released a decision letter -- see it below -- declaring the shoot justified. This stands in stark contrast to the reaction from attendees at a weekend fundraiser and impromptu march, including Ronquillo's sister, who can be seen on a video shared here saying the police murdered her brother and declaring the cops to be "fucking Nazis."

See also: Denver Cops Say Man They Killed at Funeral Home Rammed Cruisers, Injured Officer

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