LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck spoke publicly Friday, reaffirming his confidence in the Dodger Stadium beating case of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow and stating that his position has not changed.
“If it leads to a conviction, if it leads to exoneration, wherever it leads… we will follow the case.”
But it was that comment that had some wondering if Beck was shifting his tone in the investigation.
“This is a case that is very difficult because of lack of forensic evidence. You know, this is a lot of interviews, a lot of statements, a lot of issues of whose credible, who is not credible,” he said.
Friday marked the first time Beck publicly talked about the case since the parole hearing for Giovanni Ramirez.
“We will follow every lead. We will interview every involved person until we come to a conclusion that is defensible in court,” Beck added.
Beck tells CBS2 and KCAL9 his position has not changed and is still confident in the ongoing investigation and was quick to point out robbery homicide detectives have more time to build its case.
“You know, they are doing an in depth analysis of not only all the clues that are outstanding, but all the clues that have been looked out. You know, we will pursue this case until we reach resolution,” he said.
Ramirez has not yet been charged in the beating. The 31-year-old was transferred from Men’s Central Jail to prison Thursday after the revocation of his parole for allegedly carrying a firearm.
Since his arrest, Ramirez’s defense team has been on a media campaign – publicly denouncing the arrest and staying adamant that LAPD have the wrong guy.
On Friday night, they reacted to Chief Beck’s tone.
“I applaud his effort and the efforts of the LAPD, specifically RHD, in trying to get to the bottom of this case and the bottom of this case is justice for Bryan Stow, justice for Giovanni Ramirez, justice for the LAPD,” Ramirez’s attorney, Jose Romero, said.
DNA test results on the gun Ramirez is accused of possessing have not yet been released.
Calls to LAPD robbery homicide detectives were not returned Friday.