Federal officials are investigating whether to prosecute two teenagers convicted of simple assault in connection with the fatal beating of Luis Ramirez in July in Shenandoah, a U.S. Department of Justice spokesman said Monday.“There is an investigation ongoing” into the case of Brandon J. Piekarsky and Derrick M. Donchak, Alejandro Miyan said. “The Civil Rights Division is examining the evidence and will determine if there is a prosecutable violation of federal civil rights statutes.” The Mexican American Legal Defense Fund has started a petition that all supporters of Justice for Luis Ramirez can send to the DOJ. For all interested in signing and sending the petition, please log in here to forward your letter to the DOJ. Please forward this letter to all of your friends and relatives so they can also submit their support for this noble cause for Justice for Luis Ramirez.
Local Cops Under Investigation:
As I have frequently reported, the local police in Shenandoah are seemingly corrupt and racist. The testimony in the murder case indicated at least one officer, Hayes, assisted the accused Piekarsky, in creating a false alibi and coercing the fellow accused to LIE to the courts. Walsh, Scully and others testified to this in the court case. Now, the FBI is conducting an investigation into the Shenandoah Police Department. The investigation is ongoing and state police at Frackville have been told to have troopers ready to patrol the borough if necessary, according to several sources who asked not to be identified.
Jury Foreman says Most Jurors Racist:
Jury foreman, Eric Macklin, blasted some of his fellow jurors. "I believe strongly that some of the people on the jury were racist. I believe some of the people on the jury had their minds made up before the first day of the trial," Macklin said Saturday. A majority of the jury was ready to throw out the most serious charges against the teens in the first hour but jury foreman Macklin continued the deliberations pushing for a conviction on all the charges. One of the jurors, Josh Silfies, who Macklin accused of being racist, attacked Macklin saying, "Pardon my language, 'Where the "f" where you all week! Weren't you out there?' Macklin said yes. The accused racist Silfies said 'Well you must have been asleep.'"
Demonstrations Planned in Shenandoah:
People from all around the country could soon converge on the tiny borough of Shenandoah in Schuylkill County. Two men, from Florida and New York City, are teaming up to organize a peaceful protest in response to the verdict in the beating death of illegal immigrant Luis Ramirez. The organizers of the protest say they also want to meet with the U.S. Attorney's office to talk about the possibility of filing federal charges. I will be publishing the dates/times of the Peaceful Protest in Shenandoah as soon as they become available.