Patt Morrison for July 22, 2011

3 suspects in Bryan Stow beating arrested: what lessons can be learned from this tragic case?

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Los Angeles Police Department police chief Charlie Beck stands in front of one of 300 billboard showing a 'wanted' poster for two suspects wanted for the beating of a San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow on May 17, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

Louie Sanchez, Marvin Norwood and Dorene Sanchez are the names of the three suspects arrested for the beating of Bryan Stow, a Giants fan who was attacked outside of Dodgers stadium back on March 31st. Earlier this week Stow suffered a seizure that required him to undergo emergency surgery, a setback in his already slow recovery from the savage beating that set off a chain of events involving the Dodgers, the LAPD and the entire city of Los Angeles. Unfortunately for Southern California nobody in the broader community comes off looking very good in the wake of the Stow beating. The LAPD is scrambling to manage public reaction to the new arrests after proclaiming, loudly and proudly, that their previous suspect Giovanni Ramirez “is, and was, and has been our primary suspect” as Chief Charlie Beck said back in May. There are even accusations of a flawed police lineup that helped to finger Ramirez as the perpetrator who beat Bryan Stow. Arguably the Stow case marked the beginning of the end for Frank McCourt’s ownership of the Dodgers, and he didn’t help his cause by downplaying security concerns at Dodgers stadium immediately after the attack. It’s also concerning that it took so many months to identity and arrest suspects who carried out their beating in public—did nobody in the community know enough to come forward and ID anyone who could’ve taken part in the attack?

The LAPD has not commented on the arrests and there’s no information on what led detectives to the new trio of suspects or if any new evidence has been gathered. Chief Beck was scheduled to come on the program this afternoon but cancelled. As Bryan Stow continues to fight for his life what kind of lessons can the political leadership, the police department and the citizens of Los Angeles learn from such an ugly incident?

Guests:

Mitchell Eisen, professor of psychology, Cal State L.A.

Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, KPCC reporter who attended the press conference today at 1pm with Giovanni Ramirez’s lawyers

Laurie Levenson, professor of law at Loyola Law School


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