Slain man’s fam­ily files law­suit

Par­ents say the L.A. County Sher­iff ’s Dept. vi­o­lated man’s rights when he was shot.

Los Angeles Times - - LOS ANGELES - By Ruben Vives ruben.vives@la­times.com

The par­ents of Os­car Ramirez Jr., an un­armed man fa­tally shot by a deputy last year in Para­mount, filed a wrong­ful death suit Fri­day against the Los An­ge­les County Sher­iff’s Depart­ment.

The civil suit ac­cuses the depart­ment of neg­li­gence, ex­ces­sive use of force and vi­o­lat­ing the 28-year-old’s con­sti­tu­tional rights.

“This man is dead, and the fam­ily has lost a son and a brother,” said Ron Kaye, the fam­ily’s at­tor­ney. “But we hope this law­suit will con­tinue the road to jus­tice and pre­vent fu­ture in­ci­dents like this.”

Ramirez was shot Oct. 27 on the rail­road tracks that run ad­ja­cent to a public park and Para­mount High School. The depart­ment has iden­ti­fied the deputy in­volved as Bryan Moreno, who has been with the depart­ment for more than seven years. Moreno is named in the law­suit.

Sher­iff’s Lt. Ed­die Her­nan­dez said deputies re­sponded to the park near Rose­crans Av­enue and Para­mount Boule­vard that day af­ter a 12-year-old from a nearby school told her mother she had seen two men armed with a knife and hand­gun.

Ac­cord­ing to Her­nan­dez, one of the deputies saw two men who matched the de­scrip­tion, but they ran off be­fore he could ap­proach them. One of the men was be­lieved to be Ramirez, Her­nan­dez said.

The deputy chased af­ter the man, who in­ves­ti­ga­tors said kept his right arm be­hind his back and re­fused to fol­low in­struc­tions from the deputy. “At one point, he re­moved his arm from the back in a threat­en­ing man­ner, and that’s what caused the deputy to be­lieve he was armed,” Her­nan­dez told The Times.

Ac­cord­ing to the civil com­plaint, Ramirez was shot five or six times; once in the up­per left chest and four or five times in the back, in­clud­ing one shot to the back of the head.

The fam­ily al­leges the deputy was neg­li­gent when he ap­proached Ramirez, who they said never posed any cred­i­ble threat to any­one. “It was day­light hours, Mr. Ramirez was wear­ing shorts and a T-shirt and was un­armed,” the com­plaint read in part.

Ni­cole Nishida, a spokes­woman for the Sher­iff ’s Depart­ment, said the agency would not com­ment be­cause it had not had the op­por­tu­nity to re­view the suit.

Pho­to­graphs by Mark Boster Los An­ge­les Times

LETI­CIA MORENO clutches a birth­day card from her son Os­car Ramirez Jr., who was fa­tally shot by an L.A. County sher­iff ’s deputy last year, as she is com­forted by a rel­a­tive near the site of the shoot­ing in Para­mount.

A PIC­TURE of Os­car Ramirez Jr., cen­ter, is dis­played dur­ing a news con­fer­ence where his fam­ily an­nounced a civil law­suit against the Sher­iff ’s Depart­ment.

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