Man wrongly arrested in Giants fan beating says he deserves an apology

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Bryan Stow, escorted by his neurosurgeon Dr. Gabriel Zada and medical staff, is taken from Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center to Bob Hope Airport for a trip to San Francisco General Hospital last year.

A man who was wrongly arrested in the near-death beating of a Giants fan outside of Dodger Stadium says he deserves an apology from Los Angeles police.

Giovanni Ramirez spoke publicly for the first time at a news conference Thursday since his release from a San Diego prison on Saturday.

Ramirez says his heart goes out to the family of Bryan Stow and wishes them the best as Stow continues to recover. The paramedic from Santa Cruz suffered severe brain damage after he was attacked in the stadium parking lot on opening day last summer.

In late July, two other men were arrested in connection with the beating and Ramirez was exonerated, but remained incarcerated for a parole violation.

Ramirez was never charged with the Stow beating.

UPDATE 3/23: LAPD is defending itself in a statement: [PDF]

"The Los Angeles Police Department stands by its actions in the arrest and incarceration of Giovanni Ramirez. In this case, the LAPD followed standard, established police procedures throughout the investigation. Giovanni Ramirez was never prosecuted for the beating of Bryan Stow."

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