Federal judge dismisses lawsuit by man falsely accused in Brian Stow beating
The LA City Attorney’s Office announced this week that the civil lawsuit filed against the city of Los Angeles and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck by Giovanni Ramirez, the man falsely accused of the Brian Stow beatings, has been dismissed.
Ramirez was arrested because he resembled a sketch of one of the attackers. He had a shaved head, neck tattoos, earrings, and looked every bit the part of a thug , but there was one problem…he didn’t do it.
Ramirez was arrested in Spring 2011, but he told officers that he had an alibi and he didn’t even like baseball. LAPD eventually arrested two other suspects and admitted that Ramirez wasn’t their guy. Ramirez stated in his lawsuit that his due process rights were violated.
City Attorney Carmen Trutanich stated that: “This ruling affirms our position that the police acted appropriately in the course of this investigation.”
The City Attorney’s office said:
United States District Judge Gary A. Feess granted the City’s Motion to Dismiss based on the fact Ramirez was never criminally charged and therefore, suffered no violation of due process. Further, the court held that Ramirez’ Fourth Amendment rights were not violated when his residence was searched because he was on parole and subject to search conditions.
Brian Stow is the Bay Area Paramedic that was brutally assaulted in the Dodger Stadium parking lot following an opening day game in 2011.
Ryan Kerns, Esq., Wild About Trial
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