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Shaw murder named one of year’s top high school sports stories (VIDEO)

Rise Magazine has included the murder of 17-year-old high school football star Jamiel Shaw II in its list of top high school sports stories of 2007-2008.  The list was also published today on the magazine’s Web site, RiseMag.com.

In beginning its overview of the Shaw case, Rise Magazine writes:

It seems obvious to label the murder of a teenager tragic or senseless, but in the case of Jamiel Shaw, there’s no other way to put it. Shaw was truly one of the best and brightest.

Rise Magazine calls itself “the nation’s leading sports and active lifestyle magazine for teens.”

Jamiel Shaw II was gunned down March 2 as he walked towards his Los Angeles home.  He was speaking to his girlfriend on his cell phone and was so close to making it home that his father heard the sound of the gunshots.

Investigators arrested 19-year-old Pedro Espinoza.  Shaw’s parents say their son was targeted because he was black.

Espinoza, an illegal immigrant, had been released from jail just 28-hours prior to Shaw’s murder.

At the time of her son’s murder, Shaw’s mother was serving her country in Iraq.

Beyond90Seconds.com has followed the Jamiel Shaw II case from the beginning.  To read the entire archive, please click this link.  The most recent article will appear at the top of the page.

Finally, the video below features the March 11 news conference announcing the arrest of Shaw’s alleged killer.  It had already been a very emotional day as a funeral service for Shaw had been held just hours earlier. Many of the people appearing at the news conference had also attended the funeral service.

This video is the unedited footage that had been featured live on KNBC.com’s “News Raw”  web page.

(Total run time is 10:52.  Video may take several seconds to load.)

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Judge throws out lawsuit against LAPD’s Special Order 40

Long before an illegal immigrant was charged with murdering a star high school athlete named Jamiel Shaw II earlier this year, Los Angeles resident Harold Sturgeon had filed a lawsuit aimed at repealing LAPD’s Special Order 40.   Today, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge threw out the lawsuit.

Special Order 40 took effect in 1979 and, among other things, says “officers shall not initiate police action with the objective of discovering the alien status of a person.”

Sturgeon, who filed his lawsuit in 2006, contended that Special Order 40 conflicted with state and federal laws.

The debate surrounding Special Order 40 intensified this past March after Shaw was shot and killed.  Turned out the suspect, 19-year-old Pedro Espinoza, was an illegal immigrant.  And Espinoza had been released from jail just 28-hours prior to Shaw’s murder.

Beyond90Seconds.com has followed the Jamiel Shaw II story from the beginning.  You can read all of the articles that have appeared on this blog by clicking here (the most recent stories will appear at top of page.  Please scroll down to read earlier stories).

At the following links, you can read more about a judge’s decision Wednesday to throw-out the lawsuit that had challenged Special Order 40:

“Judge throws out lawsuit challenging Special Order 40” –LA Times

“Judge Rejects Bid to Let Police Check Immigration Status” –NY Times

“Lawsuit Dismissed in LAPD Immigration Status Questions Case” –KNBC (includes video)

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Dramatic testimony emerges in Jamiel Shaw II murder case

Pedro Espinoza

ESPINOZA TO STAND TRIAL FOR MURDER

Update (June 20)LA Times, Defense lawyer seeks to link slain L.A. student to gang
Update (June 19)
Associated Press, Man, 19, to stand trial in LA athlete murder case
Update (June 19):  KNBC, Suspect in Jamiel Shaw slaying to stand trial
Update (June 19):  KABC, Judge orders Espinoza to stand trial for murder of Jamiel Shaw Jr.

(Los Angeles) More than three months after 17-year-old Jamiel Shaw II was gunned down in his Los Angeles neighbhorhood, dramatic testimony from the victim’s girlfriend and an eyewitness came during a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

Two witnesses gave dramatic accounts Wednesday of how a high school football star was gunned down earlier this year near his Los Angeles home, opening a tense courtroom hearing packed with relatives of the victim and the alleged gunman.

Jamiel Shaw II, 17, was talking to his girlfriend on a cellphone when she overheard a voice ask him “Where are you from?” the teenage girl testified. There was no response and then the line went dead, she said.

Another witness testified that she watched a lone, hooded gunman approach Shaw on the street near his Arlington Heights home and fire a single shot. When Shaw fell, the gunman walked around him and delivered a final close-range shot to his head, she said.

“I saw the sparks from the gun,” said Tiffiney Johnson, a neighbor of Shaw who at one point broke down and cried on the witness stand. “I froze and was in total shock.”

-Story from Associated Press, L.A. woman says she drove alleged killer

-Here are links to videos of Wednesday’s story in court:

KNBC-TV story

KABC-TV story

-Pedro Espinoza mug shot and booking sheet

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Jamiel Shaw II’s parents speak-out in new documentary

The Los Angeles murder story that continues to fuel heated political debate concerning illegal immigration is now the focus of a new documentary produced by the alternative news source Full Disclosure Network. The documentary provides an in-depth interview with the parents of the late Jamiel Shaw II.

Police say Jamiel Shaw II, 17, was walking home and speaking with his girlfriend on a cell phone March 2 when a gang member approached him, then shot and killed him.

It’s a case Beyond90Seconds.com has closely followed from the beginning.

Investigators have charged a 19-year-old Pedro Espinoza with the murder. Espinoza, who is an illegal immigrant, had been released from jail just 28-hours prior to Shaw II’s murder.

Police do not believe the victim knew his killer. The victim’s parents believe their son was killed because he was black. In the new documentary, Shaw’s parents claim that some city leaders refuse to acknowledge this alleged motive because doing so would be politically unpopular.

The Jamiel Shaw II case has prompted one mayoral candidate to propose Jamiel’s Law, an effort to amend the Los Angeles Police Department’s Special Order 40.

Proponents of Jamiel’s Law argue that police should be allowed to make inquiries concerning an arrested person’s immigration status if that person is believed to be a gang member.

Presently, Special Order 40 dictates that “officers shall not initiate police action with the objective of discovering the alien status of a person.”

Shaw’s parents have also blasted people who’ve claimed that their son had gang ties, suggesting that the claim is part of a smear campaign aimed at dissuading voters from supporting Jamiel’s Law.

According to the Web site fulldisclosure.net, the person who produced its new documentary is Leslie Dutton. The Web site provides the following information concerning Dutton’s background:

For more than a decade, Emmy Award winning producer-host Leslie Dutton has provided an alternative news source with Full Disclosure Network®. More than mere investigative journalism, Leslie has exposed political corruption, voter fraud, malfunctioning state courts, and errant police policy where it compromised the Rule of Law.

From the judicial system to the Presidency, she has interviewed prosecutors, police chiefs, & attorneys general, pursuing government accountability in issues including Iran Contra, Watergate, Whitewater, immigration policy (See Special Order 40), border security, and its effect on the War on Terrorism.

A nearly 10-minute long excerpt of the Full Disclosure documentary recently appeared on youtube. The excerpt also appears on the Full Disclosture Web site beneath the headline, “Is LA soft on criminal alien gangs?”

You can also watch the video here:

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Shaw’s father to those alleging gang ties: “Shut the hell up!”

It’s an extremely sensitive claim not addressed–to my knowledge–in the mainstream media. But it’s been rumbling on the Web for more than two months now.

Some suspect it’s politically motivated and aimed at protecting illegal immigrants by diffusing support for a proposed amendment to the Los Angeles Police Department’s Special Order 40.

The allegation is that murder victim Jamiel Shaw II was involved in a gang (it’s an assertion that’s also been made by some readers of this blog in a comment section concerning one of my past stories on this case).

It’s a notion that runs severely to the contrary of the media’s account of the high-profile shooting that unfolded in Los Angeles March 2, 2008.

The well-chronicled storyline concerning Jamiel Shaw II goes something like this: Great kid, just 17. Football star. Had stayed true to his father’s “18 year plan.” When shot and killed on the way home from the mall, his mother was overseas fighting in Iraq. Suspect Pedro Espinoza turns out to be an illegal immigrant and is alleged to be a member of the 18th Street Gang. Espinoza had been released from jail just 28-hours prior to Shaw’s murder.

Four days ago, the claim that Jamiel Shaw II had gang ties grew even louder and appears to be largely based on a myspace page. The argument for the claim is outlined in a May 9, 2008 streetgangs.com article appearing beneath the headline Jamiel Shaw’s gang association made him a target for murder, not race.

Here is an excerpt from the streetgangs.com article written by Alex Alonso:

Jamiel wasn’t a bad kid, but he did have relationships with gang members in his community that led to Espinoza’s fatal assault on him. Jamiel lived in a community occupied by Bloods that have been at war with 18th Street for 12 years.

In response to the claim made by Alex Alonso and others, Jamiel Shaw Sr. recently came out swinging.

In a letter that appeared yesterday on LA mayoral candidate Walter Moore’s Web site, Mr. Shaw insists that his son was never a gang member, doesn’t appear in any police department’s gang database, and was never even arrested for a single crime.

Mr. Shaw also questions the motive of people claiming his son was connected to a gang, asking, “Why are people trying so hard to make my son a gang banger? This is an important question.”

Here is the entire text of Mr. Shaw’s letter:

To the Person or Persons trying to smear my son:

My son Jamiel A. Shaw, II, (Jas) was a SuperStar Destined for Greatness! The Mayor of Los Angeles spoke these exact words at his last State of the City speech. He was right! My Son was destined for greatness and he is, “A SuperStar”!

It’s a shame, that an American Citizen youth, can be gunned down by an illegal alien gang banger, while his mother is fighting a war to defend all of us, and some people have the nerve to try and destroy my son? This makes me angry. My son is the victim! For every person that want to label my son as a hard core gang banger, I can get 100 more that will show that he was not.

Why would some people want to label my son as a gang banger? Why are some people willing to do almost anything to bring my son down? Where is the evidence to support that my son is a gang banger? Michelle Hansee didn’t have evidence to prove that he was a gang banger. A spiderman back pack and a belt? I’m not even a lawyer and I know you need more then this.

So where is the evidence?! A Myspace page? I see a picture of my son on myspace making the peace sign…and some words that you say…he said? Please, give me a damn break. Now my son is a hardcore gang banger? Because of a myspace page? Are you kidding me? This is similar to the picture when Obama was oversees and had on a certain garment. Some people tried to label him as a Muslim. Some people are protecting illegal alien gang bangers and they need my son to be a gang member in order to help their case. But he wasn’t! He was and is, innocent!

The person arrested for killing my son is an illegal alien gang banger. A Documented illegal alien, and a documented gang banger. So where is the evidence? Well let’s see, “he was release from jail on March 1, 2008 on gun charges. He had prior arrests before March 1, 2008. It is a known fact that he was not born in the United States and he’s in the gang database”. We all know he wasn’t a boy scout. Why doesn’t this make you angry? Why would this make you want to smear my son? Are you out killing people too? Are you an illegal alien gang banger? What’s up with you?

Twenty eight hours after Pedro Espinoza was released from jail, he’s seen in my neighborhood and now my son is dead. Even if my son wrote the words on myspace, where is the proof that Pedro Espinosa saw this? All he saw was a black kid walking. I continue to repeat, why are you trying to convict my son? Why are you defending illegal alien gang bangers? Could it be that you are illegal. Could it be that you are trying to smear my son because you support Special Order 40? Could it be that you are trying to smear my son because you don’t want to see Jamiel’s law passed? Could it be that you are a gang banger or a gang banger wannabe?

There are people that want to classify all black kids as gang bangers. We’re not going to let this happen! The Community will not let this happen! To any parent reading this, if anyone tries to make your child out to be a gang banger and you know that they are not, please speak up! Don’t let the system or anyone else try and smear your child! Especially when you child is not able to defend themselves. We will always defend the honor of my beloved son, Jamiel Andre’ Shaw, II!

The fact is, my son was born at California Hospital. He was an American Citizen. He was raised in Los Angeles, California. He went to school in the neighborhood. He played sports all over the State. He is a documented athlete. His mother was in the Army fighting a war! I was home taking care of him. His brother loves him very much! His family love and miss him dearly! He was loved by many! My son was gunned down and shot to death! He is an INNOCENT VICTIM. He was gunned down three doors from home. He played on the very street where an illegal gang banger killed him. He was murdered!

This was a HATE CRIME! Anyone trying to bring my son down is someone that is not ready for the facts or the truth. The evidence will prove this and the facts will come out.

There are people that support Special Order 40 and some people don’t want Jamiel’s Law to pass. Is this why they want to discredit my son? Could this be why they attacked Walter Moore and Michael Higby and all of the other people that speak out against illegal immigration? Why are people trying so hard to make my son a gang banger? This is an important question.

Whoever want’s to find evidence on my son should talk with the Gang Intervention Unit at LAPD. You should talk with Gang Intervention Specialists. My son was not in a gang database. My son was never arrested. My son was killed while he was on his way home. He was walking and talking on the telephone. He is innocent!

If you have the evidence to prove that my son was a gang banger, then call Pedro Espinoza’s defense team and see if they will hire you. Until then, shut the hell up!

Jamiel Sr.

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Challenge to LA media: Rule “it” out

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Pardon me as I peek out from the blogosphere with hopes of capturing the eye of a reporter in LA.

Not trying to tell you how to do your job. I respect what you do.

And I’m 500 miles from your turf and don’t have the connections you do.

Maybe I’ve even got this story all wrong.

But like the kids say, I’m just sayin’…

First, let me share that I hope the word “challenge” in the headline above is misused…that the point it’s aimed at is already moot.

And that court reporters at the LA Times, local TV stations and elsewhere in the City of Angels have already rolled-up their sleeves, pounded the pavement and ruled-out a claim made within a sensitive, important debate.

The claim/contention/argument goes something like this: Even had the proposed “Jamiel’s Law” already been in effect when this year began, it would not have kept a young man alive because his accused killer’s prior arrest did not occur in Los Angeles.

Okay, maybe.

Admittedly, I’m looking through a thin crack in the door. But it’s what’s on the other side that could be important.

Please bear with me as I list some letters and digits that may seem benign:

CC641572

CC620943

CC647242

CC643683

CC512802

All of these numbers are tied to the same name; Pedro Espinoza.

And the same date of birth; March 4, 1987.

These are all criminal case numbers.

All of the files originate out of the municipal court of California’s Santa Clara County Judicial District.

These criminal case numbers establish that Pedro Espinoza has a history of arrests.

Not in Los Angeles County. But up in the Bay Area in Santa Clara County.

Time for another number.

1049076

It’s the number on the booking sheet regarding Espinoza’s arrest last November.

In Culver City.

Not in LA.

But, as you know, Culver City is in Los Angeles County.

And now, Espinoza’s most recent run-in with the law is a charge that has captured national headlines.

The murder of Jamiel Shaw II.

The victim, a high school football star, apparently didn’t know his killer. Gunned down without provocation.

Singled-out, we’re told, because he was black. And murdered after failing to answer a question correctly.

Where you from?

Street code for, “What gang are you with?”

As her son collapsed to the ground still holding his cell phone but already releasing his final breaths, Anita Shaw was fighting in Iraq.

Soon, we learned the suspect, Espinoza, came to this country illegally.

15 years ago.

When he was 4.

Just 28 hours before Shaw’s murder, Espinoza had been released from a Los Angeles County jail.

Critics asked, Why hadn’t Espinoza been deported after his arrest last November?

Shaw’s parents soon advocated the proposed “Jamiel’s Law.”

It would allow LAPD to ask suspects about their immigration status.

Right now, a policy called “Special Order 40” prohibits LAPD from doing so.

From the Los Angeles Times:

Instituted in 1979 by then-Chief Daryl F. Gates, Special Order 40 states that Los Angeles Police Department “officers shall not initiate police action with the objective of discovering the alien status of a person.” The order was meant to send a message to immigrants who had been victimized or had witnessed crimes that they could cooperate with police without fear of deportation. The rule has long been controversial and confusing, with many people — including some LAPD officers — believing it prohibits police from ever inquiring about the immigration status of suspects. Immigration rights groups hail Special Order 40 as an example of progressive policing, but the rule has come under attack from others, including anti-illegal immigration activists, who have sued to kill the order.

Suddenly, Shaw’s murder is entwined in volatile debates concerning illegal immigration.

Of course, everyone seems to agree that Shaw’s murder is a travesty.

But opponents of Jamiel’s Law feel it would be more harmful than good; to include “more racial profiling.”

And some critics of Jamiel’s Law correctly make the distinction that it was not the LAPD that arrested Espinoza last November.

As mentioned above, that arrest went down over in Culver City.

Thus the contention that–even had LA put it into effect prior to Shaw’s murder–Jamiel’s Law wouldn’t have kept a young man alive.

So here’s my humble challenge to any reporter who just might be reading this in LA:

Confirm as best you can that LAPD had no prior contact with Espinoza. Affirm that–had there been a Jamiel’s Law in the past–no opportunity would have ever existed for LAPD to determine Espinoza’s immigration status.

Why?

Because claims on either of this very important debate must be investigated.

Especially a claim affecting the possible preservation of an innocent person’s life.

You already know the suspect is a member of the 18th Street Gang.

And that the city is taking the gang problem “seriously.”

And that police departments have Gang Units that often keep files; to include photos and information about identifying markers such as tattoos and scars found on alleged gang members.

You know about the Freedom of Information Act.

So, rule-out any whisper of a notion that the LAPD had any prior contact with Espinoza.

Oh, and in case you have ways of getting information out of juvenile courts or juvenile detention centers, you might want to look there, too.

You know the words to look for. Headings like “Arresting Agency.”

Stuff like that.

As mentioned above, Espinoza reportedly came to the US shortly after getting out of diapers.

Long enough ago that he’s had time to establish a criminal history in Santa Clara County.

Gang bangers don’t respect county lines.

After all, where was Shaw killed?

In your city of angels.

Arrested by LAPD.

This was their first run-in with Espinoza?

Please confirm.

Then let the debates move forward.

I’ll dip back down into the blogosphere.

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