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Reduce the Prison Population, But Jail Violent Criminals Longer

They nearly beat the man to death.

In the Dodger Stadium parking lot, after a game against the San Francisco Giants, Marvin Norwood, 33, and Louie Sanchez, 31, knocked a man wearing a jersey of the opposing team to the ground. A witness heard his skull thud on the asphalt.

Bryan Stow lay on the ground helpless. 

But his attackers kept up the assault. One repeatedly kicked the off-duty paramedic him in the head. He was lucky to survive. After arriving at the hospital, he was put into a medically induced coma. He’d stay in professional care facilities for two years. He could’ve stayed longer, but his insurance money ran out. 

Now he lives at his parents’ house. 

For the rest of his life, he will suffer brain damage and require caregivers. He was beaten so severely that, forever more, he’ll need to wear an adult diaper. “He  has to be reminded why a plastic shunt juts from the base of his skull,” the Los Angeles Times reports. Yet the men who nearly beat him to death, when sentenced Thursday, got just four and eight years in prison. This despite the fact that both “had previous felony convictions, including one case each of domestic violence.”

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Exclusive: A Day in the Life of Bryan Stow

For the first time we hear from Stow’s friends about the attack outside Dodger Stadium.

Compelling: Dedicated to Bryan Stow

Life is a learning process. Life IS just a big lesson. The world is a classroom and you are both a student and a teacher. We all may come from different “schools” but we are all learning the same fundamental material for success and survival. What’s the first thing you remember learning in school? What comes to mind? Personally, “Treat people the way you want to be treated.” has always been at the root of every decision I have ever made. 

A Giants fan at a Giants vs. Dodgers game in Los Angeles, California, was brutally beaten by two Dodger fans. It was reported that the victim had never seen the two Dodger fans before in his life and that the only beef the Dodger fans had against the victim was their loyalty to the Dodgers. They sat near each other for the duration of the game and the assailants had been taunting and harassing the victim the whole time. It must be said that though the horrific crime was committed by two Dodger fans, it would be FAR from the truth to say that all Dodger fans would act or do the same. The beating left the victim in a coma.

That any one human being could beat another into a coma or to death over something as minuscule as their difference in team preference is beyond my comprehension. I’ve been told that, “It’s a pride thing.” but I can’t agree. It a “barbaric thing”, it’s a “horrifying thing”, it’s a “stupidity thing”, it’s anything but pride.

The ability to accept defeat just as gracefully as one would accept victory, and vice versa, is far more important. The day one can welcome the challenge of defeat is a victory in itself. To understand that though two people may be on opposite teams, they fight for the same goals, for the same reasons. To commend the opposite side for trying at all. These are all traits and reasons to feel pride. 

Depriving a man of his livelihood or his life, that is not. 

Like stated before, life is one giant lesson, the world is a classroom and we are both the students and teachers. Could this crime have been avoided? Absolutely. And though it unfortunately did happen, we can learn from this misfortune and re-evaluate what “good sportsmanship” and “pride” really is and do our best teach others and make them aware in hopes that such a crime can be avoided in the future. 

And in the light of my own words; I not only hold the victim and his two children and all of his family in my thoughts but the families of the two men who attacked him as well. For the two men have families, and possibly children, too and once they are caught (And they will be.) and are brought to justice, those families will suffer a great loss as well. All because of two men and one mistake.

-SMD

The Other Side of Justice

As the Casey Anthony jury decision had many people questioning our legal system, Bryan Stow, the Giants fan beaten at Dodger Stadium on Opening Day lay in a hospital bed waiting for justice in his case.

Last week, three people were arrested in the Dodger Stadium beating case. Three people completely unrelated to Giovanni Ramirez, the LAPD’s first prime suspect. Since May 22, Ramirez’s name has been dragged through the mud and his picture blasted on the media, all while the public waited for charges to be filed. Which never came. Why not? Because the police didn’t have enough evidence. Many complained about the prosecution’s delay of justice as Ramirez’s attorney started to wage a war of his own in the media.

But the evidence wasn’t there. Ramirez wasn’t at Dodger Stadium the day of the attack. He wasn’t guilty and thus the prosecution did the right thing. They waited for evidence, forcing the LAPD to continue to review all the evidence, to interview over 600 people, and devote thousands of hours to find the right suspects.

This is how our system is designed to work.

The three suspects will be arraigned today as information is slowly and methodically released to the media (this time). Ramirez has been completely exonerated, but remains in jail on unrelated charges. Bryan Stow is starting to recover from some of his massive injuries, but has a long way to go.

Despite the salsa music and grilled chicken, the mood at this year’s picnic was a little glum. Some of Los Desterrados had died. Others were sick. Most, however, were angry. As the sun pierced the morning clouds, Louie and Eddie gazed over the ravine, through the eucalyptus trees, toward the stadium on the hill where they had spent so many happy nights. They too felt a pain in their stomachs. “When I think about what happened up there,” says Louie, who unlike his father regularly attends Dodgers games, “I’m ashamed for all of us.”
—  — Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins
on the Dodgers and the beating of Bryan Stow 
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Bryan Stow speaks on camera for the first time. The rest of the interview will air on NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams on Monday night.