Friday, July 22, 2011
Why Police “Perp Walks” are Dangerous to American Freedom
Los Angeles, CA—On March 31, 2011 Brian Stow a SF Giants fan traveled to L.A. to cheer his favorite baseball team on at Dodger Stadium. Stow was savagely beaten by two Hispanic male offenders simply because he wore a Giant’s jersey to this game. Stow may never fully recover from his injuries.
Naturally the LAPD quickly established a Dragnet for the low-life suspects. A call came in from a parole agent suggesting a possible suspect named, Giovanni Ramirez of Los Angeles. Ramirez was a convicted robber loaded with jail style tattoos who matched the composite drawing police obtained with the aid of eyewitnesses at the scene. On May 22, 2011 They stormed the Ramirez’s residence and recovered a handgun that the felon was barred from possessing as they arrested their prime suspect.
Because of the gun found in Ramirez’s possession he was held on a parole violation and returned to prison for a ten-month period.
Giovanni Ramirez quickly tried to explain his whereabouts to police and the fact he was not involved in this brutal assault. His plea fell on deaf ears as the LAPD delightfully informed the press and public that they caught one of the vicious criminals responsible for this despicable act. There was just one huge problem they arrested the wrong thug.
Ramirez was cleared not by solid police work but by our new surveillance society. His digital images were captured far away from the crime scene and there was a trail of data making their prime suspect’s participation in this crime impossible. Additionally he took and passed a polygraph test.
The LAPD had dug their heels in with their big announcement as they facilitated a “Perp Walk” for their “Usual Suspect”.
Today they are announcing the exoneration of Giovanni Ramirez and the subsequent arrests of two new suspects. That, as Ramirez stays behind bars because of that little problem of getting caught with a gun during his takedown by the LAPD SWAT Team.
The police and prosecutor's press releases and the suspect Perp Walk always endangers the accused’s rights to a fair trial. Today no suspect arrested by police in a high profile case can escape the hate. As always the media can be counted upon to smear the suspect with their, Mark of Cain.
Laws precluding cops and prosecutors from issuing press releases or making comments to the media about arrests they’ve made or evidence they plan on presenting in court would never endanger the rights of the free press.
Prosecutors and cops need to be muzzled at least or until after these cases are fairly tried in a courtroom.
The sad truth is that it's not always some convicted thug with a long rap-sheet that takes a fall for a crime he didn't commit. If they can do this to Ramirez, they can always do it to you or someone you love. We need to end the Perp Walks now and forever.