LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – The Giovanni Ramirez (photos below) police lineup results in the Bryan Stow case are not being released to news, claims LAPD. Nor is Giovanni Ramirez’s mugshot showing his neck tattoos, claimed officials. But this morning, the alleged results of the Giovanni Ramirez police lineup have been leaked to local news and another picture has hit the web. This shocking revelation comes as the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office has reportedly chosen, as of now, not to take the Giovanni Ramirez case, and as LAPD officers have still not charged Ramirez in the Bryan Stow (aka Brian Stow) case.
Giovanni Ramirez has three prior convictions. His most recent conviction was for firing a gun on New Years Eve in celebration in the Los Angeles County area. A reported mugshot from that conviction was part of his parole file. On Monday, two notable Los Angeles news sites published that mugshot photo online. The LA Times claims that the LAPD contacted those news sites to remove the mugshot photo promptly in fear that the dissemination of the photo online could jeopardy the investigation of Ramirez.
But now another photo of Giovanni Ramirez has been released to news. There are similarities and differences. In the composite sketch, the witness has a mole on his left cheek. Giovanni Ramirez doesn’t have such a mole. Rather he has a birth mark next to his left eye. In other versions of the same composite sketch, the witness is depicted with no neck tattoos. Giovanni Ramirez, however, has an “LA” Dodgers and dollar symbol among his various neck tattoos.
Ramirez underwent a police lineup yesterday night. “Police and attorneys finally emerged from Men’s Central Jail Wednesday night bound by an agreement not to say what happened at an important suspect lineup that was to include Bryan Stow beating suspect Giovanni Ramirez” claimed NBC Los Angeles. But the results have allegedly been leaked. Contra Costa times claims today that Ramirez was allegedly identified in the lineup. “Ramirez was identified in a photo lineup, but [his attorney] dismissed the identification, noting that ‘quite often witnesses think they’re telling the truth,’ but that doesn’t mean they’re right” reported the paper.
The official statement from LAPD was that they were “satisfied with the results”. Ramirez is being represented by attorney Anthony Brooklier.
“I just think it’s a mistake,” Brooklier told KCAL TV last night. “He wasn’t at the game. I think he’s got a tremendous alibi”.
As detailed on LALATE Wednesday, Ramirez has at least eight witnesses who will verify that he wasn’t at the Dodgers game when Stow was beaten, but rather was at home in East Hollywood with family and friends. This week, Ramirez, already represented by one attorney, retained a second attorney, Anthony Brooklier. Brooklier wouldn’t indicate how Ramirez is affording his services, or if Ramirez intends to pursue civil litigation against LAPD if charges are not brought. But Brooklier told KCAL. “He is willing to take a police polygraph. I’ve never had anybody said that to me in almost 40 years that I’ve been practicing criminal defense.”