Giovanni Ramírez claims the LAPD and Chief Charlie Beck had a “reckless disregard for the truth” when they arrested him.AP
This undated image provided Tuesday April 5, 2011 by John Stow shows Bryan Stow holding his 12-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter.AP2008
A California man who says he was wrongly accused of pummeling baseball fan last year is suing the Los Angeles Police Department for defamation.
Giovanni Ramírez claims the LAPD and Chief Charlie Beck had a “reckless disregard for the truth” and is seeking unspecified damages.
Ramírez, 31, was arrested but never charged in the brutal beating of Bryan Stow outside of Dodger Stadium during a San Francisco Giants game. The fight drew national attention and prompted calls for better security at the stadium.
More than anything, I'm upset. Not for myself, but for the grief and embarrassment that my friends, family, and loved ones have been put through.
- Giovanni Ramírez, in a statement last month
At the time of his arrest, Ramírez's lawyer insisted his client had never been to Dodger Stadium, but police said for months they had arrested the right suspect.
Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood were later arrested and have pleaded not guilty to Stow's beating, which took place after last year's opening day game in Los Angeles.
Stow, a paramedic from Northern California, was severely beaten, suffered brain damage and is permanently disabled.
Los Angeles police declined to comment about the lawsuit.
Ramírez said pressure for an arrest from the media and the public pushed the Police Department into capturing the wrong man.
Though he was never charged, Ramírez was held on a parole violation as a result of being searched, for possession of a gun by a felon. He was sent to prison for 10 months.
During a statement last month released by his attorney, Jose Romero, Ramírez spoke out against the police and said the episode left him humiliated.
"More than anything, I'm upset. Not for myself, but for the grief and embarrassment that my friends, family, and loved ones have been put through," Ramírez said in the statement.
Court papers he has filed claim that the police chief participated in a "rush to judgment" when he told reporters Ramírez was responsible for the attack, and that the parole board "capitulated to the political and public pressure surrounding the Dodger Stadium beating" when it concluded that Ramírez had violated parole when he was arrested in a home where a firearm was found.