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Family Calls For Investigation After Death Of Man In Oxnard Police Custody

Posted on Friday, July 13, 2012 9:47am

The family of an Oxnard man who died after a confrontation with police officers is calling for an independent investigation, claiming he had been beaten.

Robert Ramirez died shortly after the June 23rd confrontation on the 1100 block of South L Street. Police had been called to the scene by reports of a man possibly on drugs. Officers say they tried to calm him, but that he won’t cooperate. They say they then tried to restrain him, which they did after a brief struggle.

They realized he wasn’t breathing, and paramedics who were already on scene stepped in, but he was pronounced dead a short time later at a hospital.

An attorney working for the family says they found numerous bruises on his body. Police say the Ramirez wasn’t beaten by them. An autopsy on the 26 year old Oxnard man is still incomplete, with toxicology results still pending. Family members say Ramirez had struggled with drugs.

The death is being investigated by the Oxnard Police department, and, as is standard practice, independently by the Ventura County District Attorney’s office.

At the family’s request, the FBI is looking at the case, to determine if a federal investigation is warranted.

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