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Oxnard Police Chief Rejects Demands By Group To Appear At So-Called “People’s Tribunal” Over Death Of Man In Custody

Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 12:11am

The controversy continues around the death of a man in police custody in Oxnard.
A group of people alleging Robert Ramirez died as a result of police wrongdoing says it will hold what it’s calling a “people’s tribunal” September 19th, and is demanding Oxnard’s Police Chief Jeri Williams, and seven officers at the scene of the June 23rd incident attend.

In a response to the protestor’s demands, Chief Williams issued a statement saying that she’s willing to meet with people who have specific complaints, or allegations. But, she says it’s inappropriate for her, or department members to attend a forum billed as a people’s tribunal, to debate what occurred. Williams says Oxnard Police, the Ventura County District Attorney’s office, and the FBI are all looking at the matter.

The incident occurred on the 1100 block of South L Street. Police were called to the scene by reports of a man possibly on drugs, and officers say Ramirez didn’t comply with efforts to calm him, and was cuffed after a short struggle. Officers say they realized he wasn’t breathing, and paramedics stepped in to help, but he died a short time later at a hospital.

Family members contend he was beaten, but autopsy results, including the results of drug tests, aren’t complete yet.

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