The racial anger and hate which motivated the skull cracking violence that killed murder victim Luis Ramirez is revealed in the testimony at the Federal Hate Crime Trial of Brandon Piekarsky and Derrick Donchak. What is also revealed is the Racist Cover Up by Local Law Enforcement.
This is what I've been reporting since the crime occurred! Ramirez was MURDERED in a vicious HATE CRIME against Latinos! And the CORRUPT Local Police COVERED IT UP!
One only wonders how often these types of crimes are repeated, day after day across America. It is good that the TRUTH has finally come out! Perhaps Luis Ramirez and his children will FINALLY RECEIVE JUSTICE!
The Scranton Times Tribune reports: ...Colin Walsh (one of Piekarsky & Donchak's accompanying football players) said after the (Luis Ramirez) beating Brandon Piekarsky told him that "he kicked the guy (Luis) so hard his shoes flew off." Ariell Garcia, another witness at the scene who saw Luis Ramirez lying on the ground, began to cry when she was asked about the kick to the head. "It was like a muffled crack," she said. Her husband, Victor Garcia, said Mr. Ramirez had called him on a cell phone that night, saying "I'm getting beat up. Come back."
About 20 minutes earlier, Mr. Garcia said he had dropped Mr. Ramirez and his girlfriend off at a nearby park. In the background, Mr. Garcia said he heard voices yelling, "Mexican, spic." Mr. Garcia said he tried to break up the fight when he got back to the park until someone threw a punch at him. "People were still trying to kick him, stomp him," Mr. Garcia said. He said he saw Mr. Ramirez get kicked in the head and watched the group of young men run away. He tried to "wake up" Mr. Ramirez, who had foam coming out of his mouth.
When police began arriving on the scene, Mr. Garcia said he told them which way the teens had run. He said the police told him to take everything out of his pockets. "But they never went after the kids," Mr. Garcia said.
CORRUPT POLICE COVER-UP:
There was other testimony about (cover-up) steps the police took in the days after the fatal beating. Julia Mickalowski, the mother of Brian Scully, one of the young men at the scene that night, said she received a phone call from Lt. William Moyer, telling her that if her son had gray blue sneakers to "get rid of them."
The small-town nature of Shenandoah has surfaced in other testimony involving Mr. Piekarsky's mother, who was a friend of then-Police Chief Matthew Nestor and was dating one of the officers, Patrolman Jason Hayes. Mr. Hayes, who is no longer a police officer, stopped Mr. Donchak and Mr. Piekarsky while they were running from the scene that night. Mr. Nestor, Mr. Hayes and former Lt. William Moyer are scheduled to stand trial in January in federal court for their roles in the alleged cover-up.
After the beating (murder), Mr. Walsh said Mr. Piekarsky joked with his friends about getting a Hispanic name tattooed on their bodies, and they hatched a story they would tell police, one that would exclude any references to racial slurs being uttered that night or kicking him. Mr. Walsh recalled a visit he had received from then Lt. Moyer at his house. He said Mr. Moyer "asked if I talked with my friends." "You know what I mean?" the officer said before leaving, adding, "Good luck, buddy," Mr. Walsh testified.
Defense attorney James A. Swetz, representing Mr. Piekarsky, quizzed Mr. Walsh on the plea agreement he signed in the federal case against him. Mr. Walsh said he had been told he could receive a nine-year prison sentence but hopes to receive only four years. Prosecutors have offered to seek a reduced sentence in exchange for his cooperation against Mr. Donchak and Mr. Piekarsky. Though he has pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime, Mr. Walsh said he does not believe what he did that night was motivated by racial hate on his part. He said he believes racial hate was behind the beating inflicted on Mr. Ramirez by Mr. Donchak and Mr. Piekarsky
The trial resumes Tuesday morning. The courthouse is closed Monday for the Columbus Day Holiday.