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Man falsely accused of beating Bryan Stow unforgiving toward LAPD

March 23, 2012 |  8:15 am

Giovanni Ramirez, the man initially arrested in the brutal beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow, was released from prison Saturday and said Thursday he was “very upset” at the Los Angeles Police Department for falsely accusing him.

Police took Ramirez into custody during an early morning raid last May after a parole agent and eyewitness evidence raised suspicion that he was responsible for beating Stow in a Dodger Stadium parking lot on opening day.

The attack left Stow comatose in critical condition. He is continuing to rehabilitate in the Bay Area.

In July, police arrested two other suspects in the beating as the case against Ramirez crumbled.

Ramirez asserted during the investigation that he had never been to Dodger Stadium and he doesn’t even like sports. At one point, he seemed unclear on the function of a bullpen, and he reiterated those points Thursday.

Even so, Ramirez had remained in prison since June after a parole commissioner confirmed that he had had access to a gun, a parole violation.

After his release from jail, he held a news conference with family and friends and said his “heart goes out” to Stow’s family for “everything that happened.”

Asked if he forgave the LAPD's mistake, Ramirez replied, “Heh, that’s a tricky one right there. I have no comment.”


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