22. Javier Ovando

01lapd_3

Javier Ovando, a 19-year-old man from Honduras, became a central element to the LAPD Rampart Scandal of the late-1990’s. At the time, Ovando was a member of the 18th Street Gang, and on October 12, 1996, corrupt Rampart Officers Nino Durden and Rafael Perez entered Ovando’s apartment, shot him (leading to paralysis from the waist down), planted a weapon on him, then claimed he fired at them first. Ovando was sentenced to 23 years in prison because of the officers’ testimony. However, when the Rampart Scandal went into full-swing and Officer Perez recanted his testimony, Ovando was released after two-and-a-half years behind bars. Ovando then sued the LAPD, receiving a $15 million settlement, the largest ever given out by the city of Los Angeles for police misconduct.

Javier Ovando
Los Angeles, California
October 12, 1996

Advertisements

About Robert L. Franklin

Ah, the About Me section - social networking's excuse for you sounding like an elitist prick. Hmm... what to say? What to say?
This entry was posted in America: The Blog, Police Brutality and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to 22. Javier Ovando

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s