Settlement in Post-Arrest Death of Mentally Ill Homeless Man

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The city of Fullerton has reached a settlement in the death of a mentally ill homeless man who was taken off life support after a violent arrest.

Ron Thomas, father of 37-year-old Kelly Thomas, said Monday that the settlement amount was $4.9 million.

City Attorney Dick Jones told reporters the deal needs to be approved by insurers.

A trial in the civil case had been slated to begin Monday.

Ron Thomas sued over the 2011 death of his homeless and schizophrenic son.

Former Officer Manuel Ramos was acquitted of second-degree murder last year. Former Cpl. Jay Cicinelli was acquitted of involuntary manslaughter.

Surveillance video showed Ramos threatening Thomas with gloved fists. Cicinelli jolted Thomas with a stun gun and used the butt end to hit him in the head and face.

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