Magazine article The New American

Controversy in Chicago

Magazine article The New American

Controversy in Chicago

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The Daily Herald reported on a growing controversy in Chicago where an inebriated Latino man was shot by an off-duty police officer after the man invaded the officer's house and physically assaulted the officer. Defense Attorney Gal Pissetzky claims that his client for the case, 20-year-old Kerin Ramirez, was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Pissetzky claims that Ramirez was intoxicated when he entered the home of an off-duty police officer about 7 a.m. on Sept. 24, 2011. Pissetzky and Ramirez' family claim that Ramirez was simply confused and thought he was re-entering the home of a nearby drinking party he was at earlier that night. The homeowner discovered Ramirez standing in a front hall inside his home near his four-year-old son. The resident yelled at Ramirez to leave, but Ramirez allegedly refused, tore off his shirt, and flexed his muscles at the officer. According to the officer. Ramirez then charged him and body slammed him to the floor, began punching him, and fought with him, for "an extended period of time" while the officer's wife called 911. During the lengthy scuffle, a retired police officer who lived next door arrived and tried to assist with restraining Ramirez. Ramirez, who was a wrestler at Harper College at the time, gave the officers the struggle of a lifetime. The fight went on for about 10 minutes as Ramirez' amateur wrestling skills enabled him to get the better of the two law-enforcement professionals.

The off-duty officer would later testify that Ramirez was "a much better fighter. …

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