Two New Suspects In Beating Of Giants Fan Bryan Stow Arrested, Original Suspect Cleared
When Giovanni Ramirez was arrested in late May in connection with the savage Dodger Stadium beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow, it looked like perhaps an important step was being made in bringing those responsible to justice. As it turns out, that wasn't the case - but hopefully, another new development will bring this sad affair one step closer to closure. The LAPD recently deemed Ramirez innocent in the attack...but at the same time made two arrests of other suspects in the case.
There was some doubt from the outset about Ramirez' involvement (or lack thereof) in the attack. The arrest itself might have been overhyped to begin with, since according to L.A. crime reporter Eric Leonard, Ramirez' arrest wasn't the first to take place in connection with the case - just the first one that went public. In addition, his sources told him talk of Ramirez being the primary suspect was "highly premature," and Ramirez' lawyers contended he'd never even been to Dodger Stadium.
And so, for Ramirez' sake, we're happy he's been exonerated in this, as were Ramirez' attorneys - one of whom, Anthony Brooklier, produced one of the calmest reactions imaginable from a lawyer representing an innocent client who'd been arrested:
"We don't expect an apology [from the LAPD]," Brooklier said. "Frankly, it's to the LAPD's credit that they kept investigating the case. They didn't try to pound a round peg into a square hole."
When asked about the possibility of a lawsuit from Giovanni Ramirez, Brooklier replied, "Not on my watch."
"They just made a mistake," he added. "I don't believe they are in bad faith."
But while that's good, the fact that the Stow family hasn't yet been afforded closure isn't so good. Antonio Villariagosa, the mayor of Los Angeles, defended his police department's handling of the case, and considering even one of Ramirez' lawyers defended the LAPD's actions, there's no reason to assume they're not doing the best they can. But we hope the most recent arrests lead somewhere, because what happened to Bryan Stow was horrific - the kind of act where we can only hope whoever did do it gets away with it for as little time as possible.
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