Police Officers Not Guilty in Deadly Beating of Homeless Man

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Surveillance video reportedly shows police officers beating Kelly Thomas to death. (Credit: KTLA)

ORANGE COUNTY (Los Angeles Times)-

An Orange County jury Monday found two former Fullerton police officers accused of killing a schizophrenic homeless man, Kelly Thomas, not guilty.

Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli were charged with striking Kelly Thomas with a baton and a stun gun in a beating that left him comatose. He died five days later.

The jury took less than a full day of deliberation to reach the not-guilty verdicts.

Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas told jurors the former officers had abused their authority on the July evening when they confronted Thomas.

Ramos was facing second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter charges, and Cicinelli was charged with involuntary manslaughter and excessive use of force under the color of authority.

By Adolfo Flores and Paloma Esquivel

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1 Comment

  • Richard_P

    Less than a day of deliberation says it all — a weak case. Have to ask yourself. Where would everyone be right now if the guy had just followed the officers' lawful orders prior to the officers having to result to force..