CENTURY CITY (CBS) — Although Giovanni Ramirez has been cleared in the March 31 beating of Bryan Stow, he is still serving time for an alleged parole violation that occurred at the time of his arrest.
At a news conference Friday, Ramirez’s mother said she always knew that her son was innocent and is angry that police ever accused him.
“I’m very upset because they did something wrong,” Soledad Gonzalez said. “If you don’t have any proof… why did you put the picture of him in public and say ‘he is… he is the suspect,’ that’s wrong.”
Gonzalez said she’d like an apology from the LAPD, but nothing will make up for what she and her son have been through.
“They got an innocent person and that’s what hurts me so much,” she added.
Ramirez, who has never been charged in this case, has been in custody in San Diego for allegedly violating his parole.
Attorneys for Ramirez plan to ask parole officials to release him.
“The California Department of Corrections Parole unit should release him right now,” said Ramirez’s attorney Anthony Brooklier.
Meantime, 42-year-old Stow remains hospitalized in the Bay area in serious condition, KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz reports.
According to his family, he woke up from a coma on Thursday and on Friday, he opened both eyes, gave a thumbs up and when asked his name he replied “Stow.”