Body camera footage shows the moments after Glenn Rightsell was fatally shot

Body camera footage from a Crawfordsville police officer shows the moments after Glenn Rightsell was shot by an Indiana State Police Trooper.

Posted: Dec 17, 2019 7:06 PM
Updated: Dec 18, 2019 3:00 AM

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)- Body camera footage from a Crawfordsville police officer shows the moments after Glenn Rightsell was shot by an Indiana State Police Trooper.


On Monday, it was announced that Rightsell's widow, Gloria, sued the trooper who shot Rightsell, Indiana State Police and several other entities. She said she didn't want to take these actions but felt she had no other choice.

"It's like a bad dream that you can't wake up from,” said Gloria Righsell. “This can't be happening.”

Gloria Rightsell and her husband Glenn were together 21 years, but on December 28th of last year, Gloria and her family's world came crashing down.

"He was an innocent man he was working on my daughter’s car,” said Gloria. “He was doing nothing more. He was from what I understand was shocked that the cop came up and shot him."

Body camera footage from a Crawfordsville police officer shows the moments after Glenn was shot by Indiana State Police Trooper Daniel Organ.

Organ shot Rightsell after he said it looked as though Rightsell was reaching for his gun after Organ asked him if he needed any help.

"Just because they are police doesn't mean they can shoot someone just because they are carrying a gun,” added Gloria.

In the Body camera footage, Police can be heard telling Rightsell to crawl towards them after he had been shot, and later in the video, he is even told to watch where is swinging his mouth.

"There is no reason to treat a man after he's been shot the way that Glenn was treated he was treated like a dog," added Gloria.

Gloria says she can't bring herself to watch the video, but she wants justice for Glenn. She says he was innocent of any wrongdoing especially since he was legally carrying a firearm.

"There has got to be some kind of repercussions,” said Gloria. They basically got by with murder."

The Montgomery County prosecutor ruled back in March that Organ would face no criminal charges. The prosecutor said Organ was in fear of his life. Gloria wasn't surprised to see the prosecutor rule in favor of the state trooper.

"The state police investigated themselves,” added Gloria. “That shouldn't be how it is. So no, I wasn't shocked by the outcome of the initial investigation.”

The lawsuit filed by Gloria is asking for a jury trial with unspecified damages. We reached out to Indiana State Police and they said they have no comment on the suit at this time. To watch the entire 15 minutes of body camera footage click here. 

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