Chicago (LNS) — 1969 — Manuel Ramos, a member of Chicago’s Young Lords Organization, was shot and killed by an off-duty cop on May 3. A comrade of Ramos, Raphael Rivera, was wounded in the incident.
The Shooting took place at a birthday party attended by a group of Lords, a radical Latin youth organization. Shouting in the street drew a number of partygoers to the door, from where they saw off-duty cop James Lamb waving a Luger. When asked to “take it easy” by one of the Lords, Lamb fired two shots, hitting Ramos in the head and wounding Rivera in the neck. Uniformed cops were on the scene immediately, and with the help of Lamb they arrested four Lords on charges of aggravated assault and battery. They then threw Ramos and Rivera into a paddy wagon and drove them to a hospital, where Ramos died in the Emergency Room.
At the bail hearing for the four arrested Lords, the DA came up with the incredible claim that a cop had been shot and critically wounded in the incident. Bail was set at $3,000 each.
Police have thus far refused to take any action against Lamb, though ten people saw him murder Ramos. On Monday, May 5, the Lords sponsored a memorial rally for Ramos. About 2,000 people marched through Latin and white working class neighborhoods, protesting the killing.
The incident is only the latest in a series of police harassments of the Lords, who have been organizing Mexican, Puerto Rican and Cubans in Chicago around such issues as welfare rights, local control of community planning boards, and Third World Unity.