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Exonerated Dodger fan sues LAPD for defamation

Posted: July 13, 2012 10:30 a.m.
Updated: July 13, 2012 10:30 a.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who was initially arrested in the beating of a San Francisco Giants fan outside of Dodger Stadium but was later cleared sued the Los Angeles Police Department and Chief Charlie Beck for defamation.

Giovanni Ramirez seeks unspecified damages in the lawsuit filed Wednesday, saying Beck called him the "primary aggressor" with "reckless disregard for the truth."

Ramirez was arrested but never charged in the brutal beating of Bryan Stow.

At the time of his arrest, Ramirez'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.

Ramirez 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, Ramirez 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.


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