Oxnard Police say they are seeking the services of an independent, civilian review group to look into two officer involved incidents, during which people died.
Oxnard Police Chief Jeri Williams contacted the Office of Independent Review to look into the June 23rd death of Robert Ramirez, and the October 13th shooting death of Alfonso Limon. The chief, and some of her staff members bet with representatives of the office this week.
The civilian group was created by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors a decade ago to provide independent review of police incidents. It works with state and federal prosecutors, and has contacts with community groups, and civil rights organizations.
Both incidents stirred controversy, and concern in Oxnard. In the June death of Robert Ramirez, officers responding to a call of a man on drugs say he was uncooperative, and struggled before he was handcuffed. Officers noticed he wasn’t breathing, and efforts to revive him were unsuccessful. His family claimed he was beaten while in police custody. Toxicology results as to the cause of death are still pending.
In the case of Alfonzo Limon, police say officers trying to stop two armed men who jumped out of a car following a pursuit mistook the 21 year old victim for one of the suspects, when he was innocently jogging by the scene. He was shot to death.
In addition to the civilian review panel, The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, and the Ventura County District Attorney’s office are conducting independent investigations, and the FBI has been looking at the Ramirez case.