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“Jamiel’s Law” petition falls short of making LA’s May ballot

It’s a murder case that broke many hearts, strained race relations and fueled intense debate over illegal immigration.  Some had hoped that “something good” could emerge from the March 2, 2008 shooting death of a 17-year-old boy named Jamiel Shaw II.

Jamiel Shaw Jr. Shaw (archives) was a high school football star (Rise Magazine named Shaw’s murder one of the top high school sports stories of 2007-2008).  His dad had an “18 year plan” for the boy.  His mother was away serving her country in Iraq.

Then, as Shaw walked home while speaking with his girlfriend on a cell phone, an alleged gang member got out of a car, walked-up to him, and shot him to death.

Police say the suspect, Pedro Espinoza, never knew Shaw. Shortly after his arrest, information emerged that Espinoza had entered the country illegally years earlier. Pedro Espinoza booking sheetAnd that he’d been released from jail  just 28-hours prior to Shaw’s murder.

The “something good” that could come out of Shaw’s death, some argued, could be “Jamiel’s Law”.  If passed by the voters of Los Angeles, Jamiel’s Law would allow the LAPD to arrest illegal immigrant gang members for entering the country unlawfully. Presently, the LAPD’s Special Order 40 states that “officers shall not initiate police action with the objective of discovering the alien status of a person.”

Two of the most outspoken proponents of Jamiel’s Law have been his parents.

When rumblings emerged on the Internet that the victim had belonged to a gang, Jamiel Shaw I spoke-out forcefully in defense of his slain son.

More than 9 months have now passed since Jamiel Shaw II’s murder.  And with two weeks remaining before their first Christmas without their son, official word came Thursday that the petition to get Jamiel’s Law on the May 2009 ballot had come up short.

According to an article that appeared on the Los Angeles Times Web site Thursday evening:

Supporters estimated they had turned in more than 76,000 petition signatures before Friday’s deadline, but elections officials said they tallied only 18,559 — far short of the 73,963 signatures required. (LA Times)

Shaw’s family hasn’t given up hope that Jamiel’s Law will pass one day.

“We’re not going to stop,” said Althea Shaw, 47, Jamiel’s aunt and a major organizer for the ballot measure. “We can’t bring my nephew back, so we’re going to keep fighting. We have to.” (LA Times)

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Ice Cube video focuses on Jamiel Shaw murder

Why me? It’s a fitting title for a new song and video from rapper Ice Cube.

The centerpiece of the video is the Jamiel Shaw Jr. murder case. It’s a story Beyond90Seconds.com has followed closely.

Shaw was gunned down in March while walking home and speaking to his girlfriend on his cell phone.  Police say the accused killer, an illegal immigrant named Pedro Espinoza, didn’t know Shaw.

Shaw’s family believes he was targeted because he was black.

Espinoza had been released from jail only a day before the murder.

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

When the sound of gunfire ripped through the air, Shaw’s father could hear it; not yet realizing the bullets had been aimed at the son he’d spoken to by telephone only minutes earlier.

According to a story published by the Associated Press this afternoon:

The song “Why Me?” speaks out against senseless violence and gun crime devastating communities. Cube says the Shaws are a powerful illustration of the pain that remains after a murder.

Shaw’s parents also appear in the video.

“To drive this home, it was only right to use real family and not use a bunch of actors,” Cube told the AP.

Cube’s video, Why me?, appears below.

(WARNING:  explicit language)

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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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