Police Chief Beck has taken time out more than once to applaud community cooperation.
“Many of you might think that what you gave us was too small to be of value, but we used everything given to us to finally piece this together,” said Beck, announcing the apprehension of Mr. Ramirez on Sunday.
Beck said 20 detectives assigned to the case spent well over 6,000 hours – 1,000 in expensive overtime – working on leads given by residents. A $250,000 reward is still in place as the LAPD maintains that the case is by no means over.
The number of detective hours spent on the case, and Beck’s handling of the issue publically, has gone a long way to reassure an entire city deeply shaken by the incident.
Dodger officials also announced the hiring of William Bratton – the former LAPD chief and now a private security consultant – to analyze and increase stadium security. Many residents came forward to explain that they had had enough of a gang-dominated subset of Dodger fans who are violent.
Los Angeles Times columnist Sandy Banks wrote that her own daughter once called her from the stands in fear.