The LA City Attorney’s Office announced this week that the lawsuit filed against the city of L.A. and LAPD’s Chief Charlie Beck by Giovanni Ramirez, who was falsely accused in the near-fatal beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow, has been dismissed.

Ramirez was arrested in 2011 after becoming the prime suspect because he resembled the sketch of one of the attackers.  He was bald with neck tattoos.  He told officers that he had an alibi and he didn’t like baseball.  The LAPD arrested two other suspects later and admitted that Ramirez wasn’t the right suspect, releasing him.  Ramirez stated in the lawsuit that his due process rights were violated.

United States District Judge Gary A. Feess granted the City’s motion to dismiss because Ramirez was arrested, but not officially charged and therefore suffered no due process violations.  The court also held that Ramirez’s 4th Amendment rights were not violated when his residence was searched in connection with the false accusations because he was on parole at the time.

City Attorney Carmen Trutanich stated that: “This ruling affirms our position that the police acted appropriately.”

Bryan Stow is the Bay Area Paramedic who was beaten badly outside Dodger Stadium following the opening day game in 2011.  Stow suffered brain damage and was relearning to walk as of November.

Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood have been charged and have pled not guilty.

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