Justice for the Ramirez Family- Round 2
If you remember, we wrote an article on 10/14/12 about a protest at Crystal City Hall on October 2nd that focused on the Ramirez family, and Brooklyn Park officer Greg Burstad, where an investigation was called for because of the alleged theft and assault of the Ramirez family by the former member of the West Metro Gang Strike Force. As we covered last time, the Ramirez family had received some compensation, and Burstad was on leave from the Brooklyn Park force.
We pick this up two months later, with a new City Council meeting, and the return of the group, organized by Citizens United Against Police Brutality (CUAPB), to see what has developed. Michelle Gross of CUAPB stated that there were four demands that they had of an investigation 1) Who displaced the family, 2) Who burgled the family, 3) Who possesses the stolen property, and 4) Who suppressed the original investigation? The family received word that the investigation would be handled by Landrum Dobbins LLC (esp. Mary Dobbins). According to Landrum Dobbins’ website (http://landrumdobbins.com/Mary_G.php), she works predominantly for employers to fight discrimination and whistle blower charges. A defense lawyer is an odd choice for an outside, independent investigator. Why would the City hire a defense lawyer, who specializes in discrimination lawsuits, as an investigator? Something seems off here. According to incoming Councilwoman, Laura Libby, Dobbins has not yet met with the Ramirez family to hear their side of things. Wouldn’t that be the first place you would go as an investigator? I’d want to understand the complete story from the mouths of the Ramirez family, the City of Brooklyn Park, and the City of Crystal. The discrepancies would let me know where I need to do my digging.
After the last appeal to City Hall, Mayor Bowman and Councilman Mark Hoffman had condescending words for the group. This time… nothing. Mayor Bowman moved on to the next agenda item without as much as a word. She did not acknowledge their presence, let alone thank them for being concerned or telling them how indignant she was. I’ve never seen anything like it from her. The response from the Council is almost as if they had discussed it beforehand. They proceeded without as much as a flinch from anyone. The stone wall around this issue seems to be being built higher and higher. Maybe a new Council, come January, will yield better results. We’ll keep an eye on this one.