The family of brutally beaten San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow has filed a civil suit against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.
The suit alleges that lax Opening Day security contributed to the attack, and that Dodger Stadium is the site of “more instances of criminal activity” than any other ballpark in Major League Baseball.
The lawsuit, which is directed at the team and owner Frank McCourt, proposes that Stow was intimidated during and after the game in a dark parking lot, where that the 42-year-old medic from Santa Cruz was jumped by two men wearing Dodgers gear. Stow’s skull was fractured and he remains in a coma at San Francisco General Hospital.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages to cover Stow’s future medical care and compensation for economic damages to the future of his two children.
“It’s fairly simple,” said Thomas Girardi, the attorney representing the family told ESPN. “The Dodgers have shown a total disregard for public safety. They’ve gotten rid of security people. They’ve had all these incidents at their games, more than other teams. There’s also a known gang presence. What did they think was going to happen?”
Bryan Stow has been in a coma since the attack March 31. Stow’s family held a news conference Monday expressing relief that the Los Angeles Police Department had made an arrest in the attack. TMZ reported Tuesday that the suspect, Giovanni Ramirez, claims to have an alibi proving he was in his apartment at the time of the attack.
The Dodgers have since upped security with off-duty police during games in what the team billed in April as a “sea of blue” keeping fans safe.
Read the full lawsuit below.