Family of slain Bakersfield police informant, Jorge Ramirez, demands answers
Last Updated: 52 days ago
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The lawyer of the family representing Jorge Joel Ramirez, a man fatally shot by police, released a statement on behalf of the family today.
The lawyer, Mark J. Geragos, Esq., said that the family is demanding an investigation be completed by the Bakersfield Police Department in the death of Ramirez.
Here's the letter in its entirety:
We represent the family of Jorge Joel Ramirez, a 34 year old unarmed young man who was shot and killed on September 16th, by Bakersfield Police while working as an informant for the Bakersfield Police Department.
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Jorge was working with the Bakersfield police to catch a armed and dangerous fugitive wanted in a shooting. It is clear that something went terribly wrong, but the family has been stonewalled by the Bakersfield Police. Our own preliminary investigation has revealed extensive communications by the Bakersfield police directing Jorge.
The Bakersfield police sent Jorge to his execution on September 16, 2013. The police also placed the entire community at risk based on their reckless and outrageous operation.
The Police release of public information of the facts surrounding the shooting are a moving target. The goal seems to be an attempt to explain and justify the killing while slandering Jorge. Even while this so called investigation is still pending and Police Chief Williamson's has indicated that he has already made up his mind and that he has decided his officers did nothing wrong.
The family of Jorge demand an investigation conducted by an independent agency. Chief Williamson should insist on an independent investigation, at very least, to avoid the bias he has already injected into the process through his media appearances. He should immediately step aside from any involvement in this matter. The officers involved in the shooting, who have so far illegally refused to give statements, must be compelled to provide statements about their involvement and they must be held accountable for their conduct as required by the law.
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