Another reason why LA is sooooo F*d up

Another reason why LA is sooooo F*d up

Judge dismisses lawsuit Jamiel Shaw's family filed against LA County and Sheriff Lee Baca
Daily News Wire Services
Posted: 05/26/2010 01:35:51 PM PDT
Updated: 05/26/2010 01:40:01 PM PDT

A judge today dismissed a lawsuit filed against the county and Sheriff Lee Baca by the family of a teen whose slaying sparked an unsuccessful drive to put what became known as "Jamiel's Law" on the city ballot.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Charles F. Palmer found the defendants were legally immune from such an action.

"I think this is compelled by law," Palmer said of his decision to grant a defense motion to toss out the wrongful death suit brought on behalf of Jamiel and Anita Shaw, the parents of 17-year-old Jamiel Shaw II, in May 2009.

Anita Shaw, an Army sergeant who was deployed in Iraq when her son was killed, declined to comment on the ruling.

But her sister, Althea Rae Shaw, denounced the laws that gave Baca and his deputies governmental immunity.

"I'm very disappointed," she said. "They go out of their way to protect illegal aliens and not the legal immigrants and American citizens."

Defense attorney Paul B. Beach said the law required the judge to take the action he did.

The Shaws' lawyer, Wesley Profit, said the alleged killer, Pedro Espinoza, was well known to authorities as a violent gang member who was in the country illegally. He said sheriff's officials have recently taken steps to make sure another inmate is not released from custody in the same way.

Profit argued the public is not adequately protected from crimes by illegal immigrants if public officials cannot be held legally accountable for mistakes such as those made in Espinoza's



According to the lawsuit, deputies released Espinoza from jail on March 1, 2008, despite knowing he was "a dangerous felon and an immigration violator."

The victim, a Los Angeles High School football player, was shot at 8:30 p.m. a day later in the 2100 block of Fifth Avenue — two doors from his home — while talking on the phone with his girlfriend.

The lawsuit also alleges that Espinoza, a Latino, targeted Shaw because he was black.

The 20-year-old Espinoza is charged with murder and is still awaiting trial.

"Jamiel's Law" would have given Los Angeles police officers the right to arrest undocumented gang members before they commit crimes. Supporters of the measure failed to obtain enough signatures to place the measure on the May 2009 city election ballot.

Since 1979, the Los Angeles Police Department has operated under Special Order 40, which prevents officers from initiating contact with suspects for the sole purpose of inquiring about their immigration status. The policy was implemented so undocumented residents could report crimes and cooperate with police without fear of being deported.

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