December 29, 2018
UPDATE January 8, 2019
Protestors gathered outside the Montgomery County Courthouse yesterday to demand justice for Glenn Rightsell. Meanwhile state-run media, following standard police state protocol, have published smear articles about Rightsell, talking about how he had a “prior criminal record.” This article is of course fodder for the copsucking community to declare police thug Daniel Organ was “justified” in killing Mr. Rightsell. But that’s what these state-run media “journalists” are paid to do, and they don’t mind being tools for the state.
We’ll continue updating this story as we learn more.
UPDATED January 3, 2019: Indiana State cop who killed Glenn Rightsell is Daniel K. Organ
He went to Riverton Parke Jr/Sr. High School in Montezuma, Indiana and Ivy Tech Community College. Organ lives in Montgomery County and works the territory covering Benton, Fountain, Montgomery, and Warren Counties. He graduated from the Indiana State Police Recruit School on October 19, 2017 and began patrolling in February last year.
UPDATED January 2, 2019: Witnesses continue coming forward with information that contradicts what Indiana State Police are saying what happened the night Glenn Rightsell was killed by one of their cops.
The killer cop’s name is still being protected as of this update. We’ll continue to update as more comes out.
UPDATE DECEMBER 31, 2018: A GoFundMe campaign has been established to help the family of Mr. Glenn Rightsell. Please help out if possible.
UPDATE DECEMBER 30, 2018: Candlelight vigil held for Glenn Rightsell
Several folks from the Montgomery County community came together tonight and spoke about their friend, brother, and loved one who is now gone. The video is below. We’ll continue to update as we learn more.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, INDIANA — We praised the state of Indiana about seven years ago when its Legislature passed a “right to resist” bill that overturned a state Supreme Court decision that said citizens had no right to resist police. The law was supposed to solidify the state as a Second Amendment leader in the nation. Mr. Glenn Rightsell was legally carrying his gun and not even resisting anyone in the Hoosier State. And now he is dead.
It was about 6:35 p.m. yesterday when Mr. Rightsell, 56, was doing some work on a 2007 Chevy Tahoe on U.S. Route 231 near North Montgomery High School. An Indiana State Trooper had placed some kind of sticker on the window of the vehicle three hours earlier when he passed by and determined the vehicle was abandoned. The same cop came back later and saw Mr. Rightsell and another car in front of the vehicle.
The cop, according to the police version of the story, noticed Mr. Rightsell was carrying a gun on his waistband. Indiana requires a license to open-carry, but there is no indication from the cops’ story that they even inquired about the gun. There is also no guarantee it really happened this way. Regardless, according to the police, the cop gave Mr. Rightsell “verbal commands” and he “failed to comply.” The cops then said Mr. Rightsell “reached for his gun,” which prompted the cop to shoot him in the face. The cop went back to his car and called seven more cops who showed up. Meanwhile, Mr. Rightsell was lying there bleeding and dying.
A Youtube user called Jon Johnson (real name is Kenneth Steen) filmed the aftermath of the incident. Mr. Rightsell had already been shot. It’s unclear how long he’d been lying there suffering. Its around the 2:50 mark of the video where cops start barking out orders to a man who was bleeding and shot in the face. You can see Mr. Rightsell, as best he could, walk towards the cops on his knees before they stood him up, handcuffed him, and placed him in the cop car.
Mr. Rightsell was apparently taken to Franciscan Hospital in Crawfordsville and died a few hours later. No ambulance appears to ever show up in the video. Matt Clark, Mr. Rightsell’s nephew, told the Lafayette Journal and Courier that the Chevy Tahoe was stalled and belonged to Rightsell’s daughter. Gloria Rightsell, Glenn’s wife, told the Journal Review in Crawfordsville the same thing. Mr. Rightsell had rented the white Dodge Challenger seen in the video above to drive out and fix the car.
Mr. Clark said his uncle was a very kind man who had hung out and shared laughs with police while carrying a gun on many occasions at the American Legion. He demanded an independent investigation as Clark does not believe the story being told by police.
The kangaroo investigation is being conducted by the Indiana State Police, the same organization responsible for killing Mr. Rightsell. Their findings will be forwarded to Montgomery County Prosecutor Joseph Buser.
Buser has held his position as county attorney since 1991 and is highly unlikely to charge the cop. He does not want to disturb his comfortable perch in a county where police are likely viewed in god-like fashion.
Police in that area are obviously trigger-happy. You may recall the September 26, 2017 incident when Crawfordsville cop Matt Schroeter recklessly fired a gun at actor James Duff while he was playing a robber for a movie being filmed at the Backstep Brewery. The body cam video was released a few days later and it’s very disturbing.
The bullet missed Mr. Duff’s head by about one inch. Buser pressed no charges and no disciplinary action was taken against the cop.
We expect the inevitable “justified” disposition to be announced within the next several weeks in the killing of Mr. Rightsell. The killer cop was of course rewarded with a paid vacation, aka “paid administrative leave.” His name is also being protected for the time being. The criminalization of gun ownership in the United States continues. Nobody is safe and its gotten to the point that Americans have to shoot first or die at the hands of feral pigs.
Our thoughts are with the Rightsell family.
I hope some crazed fool puts an end to Daniel K. Organ’s life. This officer did not deserve to be cleared only prosecuted and put to death. The part that gets me is Glmen “allegedly” went for his gun. Officers use that word to cover themselves a lot when they do so wrong. This whole thing looks like a cover up and is very deserving of a 3rd party investigation. Anyone that has a legit Kickstarter or Fundme page to to donate for the efforts to re-investigate the case then let me know I will donate. This should be taken very serious as this could be your son or daughter killed by this murder with a badge.
Daniel k organ needs to be aware eyes are upon him he may think this is going to blow over but I’ll make sure it won’t as well as the rest of us as well! We the people will get JUSTICE for him
To the officers that was there he will always be with you until you tell the truth
This armed thug with a badge has murdered my cousin. Glenn was a good man, always there to help his family and friends. This pig has stolen our future with Glen and he should be tried for MURDER! Since when is it acceptable for the cops to shoot a man for working on a vehicle. D. Organ could have done anything besides shot him in the face. He should have stayed in his car and called for back up. He’s only been on the force for one year, what was he doing out there by himself? He has no respect for life and it will only be a matter of time before he kills again. He has no right to ever have a gun again. And how can so many cops stand around and watch a man bleed out without offering medical assistance. Made Glenn walk to wherever, where was the stretcher and ambulance he should have been on? To many questions that we’ll never know the truthful answers too. I cant tell you the times I’ve been broke down on the roadside and the cops just fly right on by.What I can tell you is that our family will never be the same, we’re missing our angel. I’ve never owned a gun but I’m going to get one now and become a great shot. To many cops getting away with murder,this has got to stop. Find Daniel Organ guilty of murder and the cops that stood by are accessories to the fact.
I’m so saddened by this tragedy. My friend for 50 yr. is gone. He was not perfect but was a good man.Knowing him like i did am sure he didn’t reach for his gun.And why were the relatives told to go to indy hospital and not crawfordsville to be by his side to assist when needed.So many lost minutes from the incident to the end.Why! All of these people are professionals and are trained to react to emergency.
Who let’s isp trooper that’s been on the job for a year make this call with out back up? Not knowing whether the man was doing wrong or not without back up? All I’m saying is that who ever trained this young man killed Glenn Rightsell .
According to above post of Tiffany Poole Lowe, she claims there were two units there when shots were fired. Was his daughters Tahoe registered to him? I’m so sorry for ur family’s loss.
Ok let me say I never been in jail or been pull over for at matter. But the office could have shoot this guy any where not in the head really the officer knew shooting him in this guy head would kill him on top of that they didn’t call for a ambulance that wad wrong on so any level. This officer shoot to kill and for no good reason for the love God this guy was trying to fix a car that was broken down what did the officer think he was going to do. More then anything he guy promble didn’t hear the officer in steady of walking up closer he shoot him in the head where the right in that. I don’t know any of then but it sad to know that cops can kill and get bye. I know dame good and well the body cam and video cam in the car was working.
So, now we know the Trooper that shot him from around Lafayette?
I became aware of a driver who was driving past the scene says there were 4 shots fired. She saw 2 Trooper’s. Wow…… All these police officers need punished. They let him die.
I wanna know why officers have to shoot to kill. Especially in the head. What is up with that. Regardless if he wasn’t following the officers commands he had to shoot him in the head. Really. This by no means is right. I. So sorry for your loss. Praying for your family and friends Glenn
Nobody knows what happened except for the officer. I do know that in this day and age when a police officer gives you a order, you do EXACTLY what they say, nothing less and nothing more ! If in fact he was given orders and disobeyed and reached for his gun then the officer had the right to shoot. It’s that simple, the officer has the right to go home, why should he take a chance at dying at the hand of someone else. Also, quit saying Montgomery county, this was a state trooper not a Montgomery county deputy. I’m sure he was a great guy since so many are saying he was, but he does have a history of disobeying and disrespecting law enforcement. Most of you who hate the cops have either been in jail, busted growing pot or something else and you will always side against them regardless of the facts !!!
1.His gun was still in it’s holster.
2. State Trooper Abigail Hampton had no right to shoot someone whom was violating NO law.
3. It was VERY obvious he was working on the Tahoe.
4. Officers are trained to shoot center mass, NOT in the head.
5. Why would a cop give verbal commands to someone, whom has broken NO law.
6. The police were contacted prior to Trooper Hampton showing up.
7. The Supreme Court already ruled that you can NOT stop someone for merely carrying a firearm.
8. The “history” you speak of is 13 years old.
9. I do not know the family or Glen, but I have NO criminal history.
I have never been in jail for ur 411. And its complete bull shit that cops get away with shit now adays trigger happy fucken cops. And all they get is slap on hand and then go on paid vacation. I guess if they want to do population control just call on the cops. They will shoot first ask questions later. Big joke. What happened to there are around to protect us. Yea right.
The officer had no right to even draw on him. The officer never mentions asking him for his permit! I’ve been around law enforcement people for a very long time and know enough that this cop and the others handling of this situation is so very wrong in so many ways. Oh and there are witnesses coming forward who drove by and seen the cop shoot him.
You are so wrong and you are wrong for having this type of attitude! Isn’t this what the police do it’s called PROFILING!!!!
What seems to be forgotten is the fact that he was simply fixing a car!
He was not a “subject” nor a “suspect” in anything.
I have a brother in law enforcement, and I respect law enforcement, but this situation is extremely disconcerting.
Something is very wrong with this officer’s explanation.
And now, they say no body cam, nor car dash footage is available!
There are only 2 people that have a story to tell, and one of them is dead. The other one will say whatever he can, to not be prosecuted.
And his very own agency is investigating???
A complete joke and by the way, the public is just not that stupid, ISP.
Jeff, what a terrible situation. I last seen Glenn at a class reunion in MC back in 2010. Prayers for the entire family. I hope you are well old neighbor and your family also.
Schoolyard bullies that took a job that allows them to continue to be bullies. Period. And the “good ones”? They will lie and help cover for their buddies. Complicit. Accomplices.
This is why people kneel.
As a former Resident of Montgomery Co, I am not surprised. I had a concealed carry permit at the time in the state of Indiana. To say the least even back then the police did not like citizens to possess firearms. I used to live within a mile from where this happened.
I am saddened first that this happened to a reportedly decent man and secondly that nothing will be done about it as the County attorney would never go against police nor are police held accountable.
Glenn and Gigi live in the house in which I grew up. I never saw Glenn without a smile and a kind word. He loved his family and was so very proud of them. I support law enforcement. That said, this incident, and the “official” explanation stinks to high heaven. I hope good attorneys are lining up to help Gigi get justice. In any event, I’ll remember Glenn as he was when I last saw him…Smiling, laughing, and happy.
The Macgomery County courts and Montgomery county and Crawfordsville police make their own rules and they just put people in jail for anything.I have seen a car on the side of the road and the cop searched the car and didn’t offer to call tow truck or anything.I don’t think it was right that The state trooper pulled so quickly to shoot that man.I think that state police officer should charge manslaughter but that will never happen.In 2015 officer Jason spires shot a unarmed man in R&R Donnelly company parking lot because The man that got shot was a Mexican nothing was ever done he is damaged carbon shoulder blade levels are done they file charges on the Mexican guy .This county need to be Investigated by the federal government
With all the comments I’ve read. It’s clear that police officers need more training or some need to turn in their badges. It looks pretty clear that this man was doing nothing wrong and just do to the fact the officer seen a gun a his waste jump into making a very wrong decision! He needs to resign from his position! I have worked in the towing industry for close to 25 years and have seen illegal searches of vehicles not to mention other things I’ve been witness to by police officers. Don’t get me wrong! I’m not bashing police officers but there are ones which are very good at what they do and give respect to whom they are dealing with on a call and then you have the other ones..the ones which have no clue and have somehow made it into the police force. This is Avery very sad incident that should have never happened! A life has been taken wrongly! Do the right thing and resign.
Putting aside anything prior to the shooting, being shot in the head and leaving him to suffer be for getting medical personnel in route as soon as possible. Seven other officers have time to respond and still no medical personnel being dispatched. That speaks volumes to me. Shame on them all. God knows, can u handle that judgement.
They all will be called before the Lord on Judgement Day and will have to account for the way they handled their selves on that day. Amen
I will wait for the outcome of the investigation…But I do know the police in this area and the prosecuter in Montgomery county…The Police in this area harass people constantly and they are part of the drug problem!! That Prosecuter should have retired years ago.
I agree with you 100% and I was born and grown up in Crawfordsville and Montgomery County and I don’t regret moving away from there neither
Both cases in this article both officers aimed at the head. Logic would seem to point to aim to kill. Is this now normal police protocol?
I own and ride a ninja street bike and i have Been harassed and put on the ground and several cops I’ve been there over a speeding ticket in Montgomery county, needless to say whenever I absolutely have to go there I will pretty much do whatever it takes to avoid being seen by a police officer let alone stopping for one I hate this county I disslike the police officers in this county they’re all scared they’re all trigger-happy they’re all big headed they abuse the authority and the power,
I have a custom truck that gets pulled over every single time I go through that town just because it looks different from all the farmer jacked up trucks that drive through their daily it’s harassment . As a matter fact the next time I do get stopped in at County I am going to be starting lawsuit because I’m sick of being harassed for traveling at my own free will but I have a right to do so without being harassed by the police officers of Montgomery County, and the cops or flip out when one of their officers get a shot, but they can just drop civilians like flies.
but it’s kind of a given on why it happens because no one can trust the police anymore, everyone is always against a man that shot the cop but no one really knows the whole story of what happened, I don’t think violence is the answer I don’t think killing anyone is the answer but I do not feel safe when I am stopped by a police officer in that Area that being said I am at Tippacanoe County resident and I take pride in the police officers around me so thank you Lafayette for choosing better officers and not being so petty and ridiculous about traffic stops as they are in Montgomery county.
You do know the cop that shot Glenn was a state cop out of Lafayette. Now, I’m not saying you’re wrong. I just want you to know some facts.
Out of the Lafayette post they hired rookies in September and again in December pretty damn sure he was a rookie.
Owned lol anyways I’ve lived in MoCo off and on my whole life. Been in all sorts of trouble and caused all sorts of trouble. Never had a problem with bad cops. Just my bad choices. Not saying the cops are good here or that the state police trooper did the right thing, because he most likely had an itchy trigger finger. But you can’t blame CPD of MOCo Sheriffs on something state police did. Probably shouldn’t drive like a pissed of teenager when you come through my county. Lol
“Your” county? I always sorta had the impression it was the tax payers county, not the bullies with guns.
The officer that was involved in this shooting was a State Police officer from Tippecanoe county, not a Montgomery county deputy or a Crawfordsville city police officer. The fact is nobody but the officer knows what really happened. People should stop speculating and tying to get people worked up. Where did the person that wrote this article get their facts?
My questions would be….why wasn’t traffic stopped after shots fired, why are there 6-7 police officers standing around after he was shot, why make him walk to them on his knees after being shot, why put your foot in his back and cuff him seeing (you’d think) blood all over his face and the last question why the hell was no medical help called in with that many officers there?
First and foremost I want to extend my sympathy to Glenn’s family. Tragic situation. No matter what, a life was lost and many hearts are broken.
I have read all of the posts from everyone. The one fact that no one seems to be talking about is that this officer gave orders to Glenn and Glenn did not follow those orders. If Glenn did not follow the officer’s order, then what is he going to think other than this suspect might shoot him? No one wants to be shot. Not Glenn. Not the officer. If Glenn did not communicate back to the officer, how is the officer supposed to know what Glenn’s intentions were? In today’s world, a police officer cannot wait until the suspect decides to communicate back to him. He must make split second decisions to save his own life as well as innocent bystanders. The facts that this officer knew were: man by abandoned car with hood open (maybe trying to Hotwire it to steal?). Man has gun on his side. Man is not obeying officer’s commands. Who wouldn’t become very wary in this situation??
Now, truth be told, the situation was that Glenn knew the owner of the car, was simply trying to fix it to get it home, and had a license to carry that gun. But this officer knew none of that. Had Glenn obeyed the officers orders or even communicated clearly to the officer, this story could have had a different, happier ending. As for why did they make him crawl to them and do all the other things before the cuffed him all the while Glenn is bleeding out? I have watched that video. If I did not know anything about the outcome, I never would have thought he was in as bad condition from the shot as he was. My honest thoughts while watching it were “ geez, he sure doesn’t act like someone who is dieing. He has the strength to crawl on his knees?? He obeyed every command without too much struggle??” My point of saying this is this…if I, someone who is simply watching what happened in the safety of my recliner in my home, doesn’t realize how bad poor Glenn was injured, how could the officers realize it in all
of the craziness of what was happening? I truly believed that once they realized how severe Glenn’s wounds were, they loaded him up in the police car to rush him to the hospital. It was faster for them to drive Glenn there themselves (their cruisers have all the lights, bells and whistles to make traffic pull over just like ambulances do)
Do I think that maybe, just maybe, this officer jumped the gun and responded with gunfire a little too quickly? Do I think maybe Glenn should have just followed the officers commands? Do I think maybe the situation escalated out of control due to fear (on both parties involved)? Let’s face it, it doesn’t matter what I think. It doesn’t change the situation. One man lost his life tragically and one man has to live with the guilt of being the one who took that life for the rest of his life. Let’s please try to keep open minds. Let’s all support Glenn’s family during this horrible time. They deserve that. And please also support the officer who has to live with the fact he pulled that trigger. He deserves that too.
Do we know for sure that Glenn disobeyed commands from the officer? Do we know if the officer even gave any commands? What type of ‘commands’ would he possibly have given??-Glenn was doing nothing wrong,he wasn’t a wanted man or a criminal on the run..He had no reason to draw his weapon. If you are face to face with a state trooper & you are doing nothing wrong, you would be a fool to attempt to draw your gun. You’d have to have a death wish to do that.
SO~ just so Im clear what you are saying~
Sitting on the ground getting shot in the face by an officer 25 feet away, is what you consider GLENNS FAULT for not following orders???
Are you Daniel Organs Mom or wife??? Because that is ludicrous to me…
Anybody who knew Glenn knows the policeman made a horrific mistake. lets all give the State police a chance to investigate itself. many of Glenn’s friends are watching the Indiana State police and how they handle this tragedy. We all know the police have a difficult job; but some officers should have chosen a different profession. lets pray for Glenn’s family to get the truth . I would like to share this article but I don’t believe all cops are thugs.
Well articulated. I know Glenn and Gigi. They are sweet people. I will be anxiously awaiting the results of the investigation. I’m from Montgomery County and know how their leaders operate. That being said, I don’t anticipate the family getting justice.
Please wait patiently for a “Justified” statement from the DA Buser, you elected him, you deserve him.
First, only about a third of potential voters actually register and vote in Montgomery County. This is just a shame. But, to my second point, even if everyone did register and vote, Buser runs unopposed in every primary and just about every general election. I can’t remember the last time he was actually challenged in an election at any level. It’s not because he’s popular. It’s probably because no one else wants the job. The job sucks, doesn’t pay well and politically leads to no other meaningful office. So what we have is an old, out of touch, hack, who apparently can’t survive in the legal profession on his own in private practice. He doesn’t prosecute welfare fraud, perjury or public officials who abuse their power, authority or hurt the public they’re supposed to serve. But, let them catch you in public with a little Marijuana or walking around after consuming a few beers and they will crucify you in this country.
Seems like only one side of the story being “presented.” Actually seems like the writer has no real facts and is just trying to inflame opinion against the police. Who knows what really happened?
That’s exactly what’s going on. This writer is winging it when it comes to real garunteed facts. Disgusts me that the article was even published.
Pretty sure that writer also posted VIDEO of a man seated on the ground, being shot to death by Police…
It’s clear that this shouldn’t happen no matter what the situation. Police are not even ranked the top 10 most dangerous jobs yet they act like they are at war with the public and are never held accountable.
You sound like a boot licker
ANY REGULAR PERSON TO SHOOT SOMEONE WRONGFULLY WILL BE IN PRISON. THIS GUY GETS PAID LEAVE? YOU’VE GOT TO SEE THE WRONG IN THIS SCENARIO.
There’s 2 people that does and one of them is dead. Glenn had a weapon on his side which tells me he was a law abiding citizen. There is no bad guy that wears his gun to where someone can see it. Thereis no one that can tell me he dId anything to get shot at. This should not be investigated by any police agency.
Very good statement. Glenn was a LAW ABIDING CITIZEN not a SUBJECT. From Jeff Jirtle
but lets be honest glenn needed first aid that cop didnt leap into action to save his life. dumbasses deserve to get capital punishment for the victims they serve capital punishment to.
The people driving by is who! Read all the posts!!
Today’s technology, I’m sure the cop was equipped with a body cam and one on the car. I would like to see those videos. There should be voice recording and show what the cop saw. If that evidence is not available a good explanation is required.
Incorrect, Indiana State Police is one of the only agency’s in the state that do NOT have body cams (cuz ya know…it’s like 1950 or something) and for the most part, no dash cams.
Wow, why am I not surprised. This is unreal, but will be covered up by the good ole boys as usual. In 2016 in fountain county, I was intoxicated and drive away from an officer at 45mph and was not driving erratic, and was hit with a pit maneuver while I was driving myself to the hospital. When hit with pit maneuver I placed my hands out of the vehicle and was then drug into a ditchline where i was detained and placed in cuffs. Once in cuffs I was tased 2 times for no reason by Robert Cole, of the Attica, police department. He then took over 1500 dollars in cash from me and when I asked for my money he stated, “that’s for damages” and placed it in his pocket. I asked for body cam footage even from my attorney John McCarty, and he brushed it off as well. I swear to you the while police force will protect there own at all cost. At least I admit when I make poor choices…This case will be swept under the rug, but I pray that this family seeks justice and thankfully there is video evidence to support their wrong doing. Now let’s hear about White lives matter.
Very well said. A very tragic end to a gentle giant. Pure family man.