Ventura County DA’s Report Finds No Wrongdoing By Oxnard Police In Death Of Man

Posted on Friday, November 22, 2013 5:14pm

A report just released by the Ventura County District Attorney’s office says it found no wrongdoing in the handling of an Oxnard man on drugs who died in custody, despite autopsy results, and claims of brutality by the man’s family.

The DA’s office examined the June, 2012 death of Robert Ramirez.

Oxnard Police were called to a neighborhood after receiving reports of a man possibly on drugs behaving erratically.

Police say the 26 year old man resisted efforts to be taken into custody, and stopped breathing after he was finally restrained.

Family members claimed officers beat Ramirez, and the County Medical Examiner’s office ruled the death a homicide, because of asphyxia due to being restrained.

But, the DA’s office brought in a separate pathologist to review the case, who said the death was the result of methamphetamine.

The report says a review of audio tapes, and witness statements shows that officers used proper procedures in trying to restrain a man who was clearly out of control.

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