Yesterday I wrote a lengthy blog about Ryan and how he died unexpectedly after being beaten by members of the Westerly, Rhode Island police department.
Anyone desiring more detail, please go to the link below to see the original blog about Ryan.
So, why am I writing another blog about Ryan? Because Ryan’s widow and everyone in Ryan’s obituary, including his parents, his sister, and all his relatives want justice for Ryan.
Ryan is not a cute little girl like Caylee Anthony who was murdered last year in Florida.
Ryan is not a young black teen from Florida, like Trayvon Martin who was shot to death by a Neighborhood Watch captain who should have not been carrying a gun.
Ryan is also not beautiful like Holly Bobo who went missing from her driveway in Tennessee last year.
Ryan was an adult and maybe people think that adults should be able to take care of themselves – well think again.
Ryan was just an overall nice guy – a guy who joined the Navy and served in the Gulf War. Maybe that war happened too many years ago for anyone to care about Ryan. Maybe we are all sick and tired of war, who knows.
From what I understand, Ryan was a great guy – the kind of guy anyone would want for a friend
Ryan was also nice enough and caring enough and “crazy” enough to go outside the bar and confront a not-so-sober customer who had just damaged the men’s room in the bar – and Ryan was simply asking him to return to the bar to pay for the damages.
Amazingly, he got the man to agree to go back into the bar and talk to the owner about paying for the hole in the wall.
Before that could happen, the police arrived and handcuffed the guy and Ryan was trying to talk the police out of arresting the other guy – the police do not like anyone telling them what to do and telling them when to arrest someone and when not to arrest someone.
Long story short, Ryan and the police had words – the police pepper sprayed Ryan and took him down a dark alley and beat him severely. Ryan was handcuffed and arrested.
He was released on bond, went home and then went to the hospital where he died of the beating.
So, I am asking for everyone to go to change.org and read the petition that has been started for everyone to sign to get the case reopened. The local community and a local grand jury determined the police acted properly but a local doctor and the medical examiner said that Ryan’s liver was lacerated severely – the police said they only hit his legs – obviously a lie. The booking photo shows that his face was beat up as well.
I am asking everyone to go to: http://www.change.org/petitions/justice-for-ryan-o-loughlin
and read the petition. Please sign the petition so that federal authorities can take a look at the case again.
If you need additional encouragement, please read the obituary at: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSob=c&GSlh=1&GRid=71246397&
I never met Ryan.
So here’s the deal.
Do not go there simply because Ryan is a Navy veteran who served like so many other military veterans.
Do not go there simply because Ryan leaves behind a widow.
Do not go there simply because Ryan leaves behind parents and a loving sister and a ton of other relatives.
Do not go there simply because Ryan was trying to keep a man out of jail.
So, why should we go there?
Go there because Ryan could be your:
Brother, Father, Son, Uncle, Cousin or friend, Or he could be you and I could be writing this blog about you.
Police brutality is on the rise – someone close to you could be next.
In closing, Ryan could have exercised a little more caution and a little more common sense in dealing with the police about what happened in the restroom – but he didn’t. He was thinking more about the guy who smashed the wall in the bar restroom. Ryan was only having coffee while the other guy was drunk enough to pound his fist through a wall.
Not exercising common sense should NOT result in a beating so bad that you die within 11 – 16 hours – especially when the police say they only hit Ryan on his legs.
Please, do not disregard this blog. If you do not sign the petition, what kind of situation would it take for you to sign a petition? Make a stand today and Sign up for Ryan.