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Giovanni Ramirez lawsuit against LA, Chief Beck dismissed

Giovanni Ramirez is seen in this undated file photo.

January 7, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
A lawsuit filed by a former assault suspect against the city of Los Angeles and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck was dismissed Monday.

Giovanni Ramirez was arrested in 2011, suspected of assaulting San Francisco resident Bryan Stow. Stow was badly beaten in the Dodger Stadium parking lot after the 2011 opening-day baseball game on March 31 and suffered brain damage from the attack.

The LAPD raided the residence where Ramirez was staying, arrested him and searched the location, finding a weapon in violation of his parole for an unrelated crime.

Two other men were arrested and charged for the crime, and Ramirez was released.

Ramirez filed a lawsuit against the city and Chief Beck for violating his and 4th Amendment and 14th Amendment rights. Ramirez alleged that Beck had publicly defamed him in news conference statements claiming Ramirez was the perpetrator of the beating.

U.S. District Judge Gary Feess dismissed the case Monday. Feess granted the city's motion to dismiss the case based on the fact Ramirez was never criminally charged and therefore suffered no violation of due process. Feess also ruled that Ramirez's 4th Amendment rights were not violated when his residence was searched because he was on parole and subject to search conditions.

Stow, a paramedic from Northern California, was severely beaten, suffered brain damage and is permanently disabled.

Ramirez was never charged in Stow's beating, but was held on a parole violation. Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood were later arrested for the crime. They have pleaded not guilty.