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Man falsely accused of the Bryan Stow beating has his lawsuit dismissed

Parole board mug shot of suspect Giovanni Ramirez

Giovanni Ramirez is shown in this parole booking photo released to Reuters June 20, 2011. A parole board hearing found Ramierez, suspected in the beating of Brian Stow at Dodger Stadium, violated his parole by having “access to a weapon by a felon” and will serve a sentence of 10 months. REUTERS/CCDR/Handout (UNITD STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS


Back in 2011, aman named Giovanni Ramirez, was arrested in connection with the beating of Bryan Stow outside Dodger Stadium on Opening Day. His face and name was plastered all over the place, but there was just one problem: he didn’t do it. Wasn’t anywhere near the place. He was ultimately exonerated, but it took months, all the while city officials said publicly that he was the man who did it.

Then he sued the city. The suit, however, was not successful:

Los Angeles’ defense attorney says a federal court has dismissed a lawsuit brought by a man who was arrested in the beating of a San Francisco Giants fan outside Dodger Stadium and later cleared. City Attorney Carmen Trutanich’s office on Monday announced the dismissal of Giovanni Ramirez’s lawsuit against Los Angeles and Police Chief Charlie Beck.

It’s unclear what the basis was for the dismissal, but it’s worth noting that it’s awfully hard to sue the government in cases like these, so success was never assured.