Two days after Los Angeles police arrested Giovanni Ramirez, 31, on suspicion of beating Giants fan Bryan Stow, the victim's family has filed a lawsuit against the Dodgers and its owner, Frank McCourt, claiming the team's lack of safety at the stadium contributed to the brutal attack.
According to the lawsuit, Stow and his friends were consistently heckled and intimidated throughout the opener game between the Dodgers and the Giants at Dodger Stadium on March 31. The game ended at 7:50 p.m., at which time Stow and his friends headed to the parking lot to get a taxi. Stow had already sent a family member a text message expressing concern for his safety.
On the way to the parking lot, two Dodgers fans attacked Stow and beat him. He remains in a coma.
Stow's family claims that the team did not provide enough security, and the officers who were on patrol did nothing to diffuse the clear tension among rival fans inside the stadium.
"Despite being at the home-opener game against the rival Giants, no security was present in the parking lot," according to the claim filed in Los Angeles on Tuesday. "Moreover, the parking lot had inadequate lighting."
This weak security fostered an unsafe environment, making it a perfect opportunity for a crime to occur -- and that's exactly what happened. After Stow was brutally beaten, two men jumped into a car driven by a woman also wearing Dodgers attire. It then took as long as 15 minutes before Dodgers personnel arrived on the scene.
"The bottom line is that the Dodgers failed to take responsible steps to prevent the attack on Stow," the claim states.
The family noted that the team's ongoing financial problems has forced it to cut back on security measures; there have been other criminal activity and incidents since 2004, including a death. The Dodgers is aware that gang members attend the baseball games, yet has continued to let known criminals use the stadium.
On Sunday, police arrested Ramirez in an East Hollywood apartment building known for gang activity. Police continue to look for another man involved in the attack as well as the woman driving the getaway car.