Crime

Court dismisses Dodger Stadium lawsuit

By Aaron Blevins, 1/10/2013

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A federal court dismissed a lawsuit filed against the city of Los Angeles and LAPD Chief of Police Charlie Beck by Giovanni Ramirez relating to his arrest following an assault at Dodger Stadium. The suit alleged that Ramirez’ civil rights were violated and that he was publicly defamed following his 2011 arrest.

“The City Attorney’s Office will continue to defend the Los Angeles Police Department in its efforts to keep our streets safe,” City Attorney Carmen Trutanich said. “This ruling affirms our position that the police acted appropriately in the course of this investigation.”

Ramirez was suspected of being one of two men involved in the beating of Bryan Stow, a visiting San Francisco Giants fan, who suffered brain damage as a result of an assault in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium on March 31, 2011.

Ramirez alleged that his Fourteenth Amendment due process rights were violated by Beck when he made statements that Ramirez was a suspect in the beating. In addition, Ramirez alleged that his Fourth Amendment rights were violated when officers conducted a parole search of his residence looking for evidence to tie him to the crime.

U.S. 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.

 

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