LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Giovanni Ramirez is speaking out Friday for the first time since he was arrested and wrongfully accused in the beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow.

“More than anything I’m upset. Not for myself but for the grief and embarrassment that my friends, family and loved ones have been put through,” Ramirez said in a statement released by his Attorney Jose Romero.

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck has since publicly exonerated Ramirez after the department announced the arrest of two new suspects, Louie Sanchez, 29, and Marvin Norwood, 30 on July 20.

“Everyone is asking what am I going to do next. My only focus and attention is with the writ that has been filed this week. I know the judge in Superior Court will do the right thing,” the statement continued.

Lawyers for Ramirez filed court papers Wednesday asking a judge to order their client’s release from prison. Ramirez is currently being held on a parole violation at a San Diego facility.

The documents allege that a parole board “capitulated to the political and public pressure surrounding the Dodger Stadium beating” when it concluded that Ramirez had violated parole when he was arrested in a home where a firearm was found, the Associated Press reported.

The court filing also accuses Beck of participating in a “rush to judgment” when he told reporters that Ramirez was responsible for the March 31 assault on Bryan Stow, according to Associated Press reports.

Stow,42, suffered serious brain injuries in the attack and remains hospitalized in the Bay Area in serious condition.

Norwood and Sanchez have been charged with felony assault and battery. They are both being held on $500,000 bail. Arraignment for the two suspects is scheduled for Aug. 10.

Comments (11)
  1. gusto07 says:

    Are you serious, What about his parole violation and long criminal history, Give me a break.

  2. CC says:

    I sure am tired of looking at this guy every time I come to this website! Its been days already! I personally think he really resembles the sketch that the witnesses described to the police. I really am glad that they caught the actual suspects, but that doesnt mean I want to see him every day for weeks! Change the picture already!

  3. Karen says:

    Here is a tiny violin Ramirez. Boo hoo.

    Ramirez was not exactly exonerated. He was cleared of the Stow crime but Beck had no apologies.

    And don’t forget – RAMIREZ VIOLATED PAROLE.

  4. Robin says:

    Hang this Mexican anyway .

    1. PAYASA818 says:


  5. Move On says:

    Huh, now that one of the newest suspects is a male white there doesn’t seem to be such animosity, and rush to judgement from the general public, especially by the people that comment here. This case was out of control from the get go. I’ve heard of, and witnessed, so many fights at sports events, and this is nothing new. I guess this post 9/11 society we now live in takes exception when a paramedic is beaten in public, bad. Let’s forget everyone’s ethnicity and professions, and what it comes down to is simply a fight between drunken sports fans, with one taken the worst of it. There was anger behind that beating. I’m not saying Stow deserved this, but I’m sure he brought a lot of this matter and attention upon himself. Why can’t people get worked up this way when far more innocent people are victimized, killed, and their cases never receive this kind of attention and effort to capture their killers? The Dodgers and their fans have suffered more than anything/anyone.

    1. PL says:

      But.. we want Latinos put in cages.

      1. Mexilangeles says:

        Sad thing is that Mexican gang culture and impulsive macho thing has given the rest of NON-Mexican Latino’s a real bad image and name.

        All Latino’s are not the same, their values, mentalities, their ways of thinking differ so dramatically from the Mexican mentality. We share Spanish language, yes, but there’s even a very different manner in which the rest of Latin America speaks it.

        Whomever clumps us all together is ignorant and we, the rest of Latin Americans have to FIGHT the imagery of a gang banger “latino” with tattoo’s. Thank you Mexican thugs. Thank you.

      2. PAYASA818 says:

        PUT U IN 1 LOIL

  6. DH says:

    You gotta be kidding. If Ramirez didn’t have a criminal past then I could understand the grief and embarrassment. LAPD may have rushed to judgment but they kept their investigation going. He was never charged. Aside from the recent violation of parole, it is just a matter of time before he commits another crime.

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