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  • ‘Killer cops aren’t welcome here!’ Officer Who Murdered Kelly Thomas, Driven Out Of Restaurant

    02/13/2014 7:29:01 AM PST · by Altariel · 125 replies
    Political Blind Spot ^ | February 12, 2014 | Pbspot admin
    One of the police officers who infamously murdered Kelly Thomas, was recently spotted at a Southern California Denny’s restaurant. Customers instantly recognized the killer cop as Manuel Ramos, who was recorded on surveillance video beating unarmed Kelly Thomas to death, as he screamed for help. As Ramos tried to chug his drink before leaving the restaurant, customers yelled. “Killer cops aren’t welcome here.” . Last month, Ramos and his partner Jay Cicinelli were found “not guilty” of murder, even though the homeless, mentally ill man offered no resistance to their brutal assault. Ramos showed no mercy to Kelly Thomas when...
  • Officers acquitted in California homeless death

    01/14/2014 9:14:16 AM PST · by andyk · 46 replies
    AP ^ | 14 JAN 14 | GILLIAN FLACCUS
    Two California police officers who were videotaped in a violent struggle with a homeless man during an arrest were acquitted Monday of killing him. It was a rare case in which police officers were charged in a death involving actions on duty. One of the officers acquitted had been charged with murder. Jurors took less than two days to reach their verdicts. ormer Cpl. Jay Cicinelli was acquitted of involuntary manslaughter and excessive use of force. Spectators let out a gasp as the verdict was read.
  • Police not guilty in Kelly Thomas death; DA won't try 3rd officer

    01/13/2014 4:34:34 PM PST · by Yogafist · 28 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 13, 2014, 4:28 p.m. | Adolfo Flores and Paloma Esquivel
    An Orange County jury Monday found two former Fullerton police officers accused of killing a schizophrenic homeless man, Kelly Thomas, not guilty.
  • Verdict: Not guilty in Kelly Thomas case

    01/14/2014 2:14:36 AM PST · by South40 · 15 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | Jan. 13, 2014 | LARRY WELBORN and VIK JOLLY
    The verdicts came after two years of hearings, recalled Fullerton city council members, a Police Department roiled by protests and firings. SANTA ANA – A former policeman sat with his head bowed Monday as an Orange County jury found him not guilty of second-degree murder in the death of a homeless man during a 2011 encounter captured on videotape. Manuel Anthony Ramos, who was a Fullerton police officer for 10 years, then clasped his hands, wiped tears from his eyes and hugged his attorney as the jury also found him not guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Kelly...
  • Ex-Officers Found Not Guilty in Kelly Thomas’ Beating Death

    01/13/2014 6:01:03 PM PST · by AmericanHunter · 83 replies
  • Kelly Thomas case is in the jury's hands

    01/09/2014 2:14:02 PM PST · by FBD · 32 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 9, 2014 | Adolfo Flores
    An Orange County jury has begun deliberating the fates of two former Fullerton police officers accused of killing a schizophrenic homeless man during a violent encounter at a city bus depot in 2011. Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli are charged with striking Kelly Thomas with a baton and a stun gun in a beating that left the homeless man comatose. He died five days after the altercation. The case went to the jury following Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas' rebuttal after three days of closing arguments... Rackauckas told jurors that the former officers had abused their authority on the...
  • Kelly Thomas case: Jurors may be told to disregard some testimony

    01/05/2014 11:50:49 AM PST · by FBD · 39 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 3, 2014 | Adolpho Flores
    Jurors in the trial of two former Fullerton police officers accused of beating a mentally ill homeless man to death will probably be told to disregard the opinions of witnesses who said the two acted within department policy.The admonition is expected to be part of jury instructions that are still being negotiated by attorneys in the trial over the beating death of Kelly Thomas.“You are ordered to disregard those opinions,” a draft of the admonition says. “It is up to you to determine whether the defendants used excessive or unreasonable force based on all the evidence that has been presented...
  • Fullerton Police Lawyers: Kelly Thomas Killed Himself

    12/11/2013 10:10:14 AM PST · by Altariel · 57 replies ^ | December 2, 2013 | R. Scott Moxley
    Day One of the prosecution's case against two Fullerton cops accused of using excessive force in 2011 to kill an unarmed homeless man had an eerie resemblance to another trial that landed Orange County in embarrassing international headlines a decade ago. In Corona del Mar, three young men--including the son of a wealthy, corrupt assistant sheriff--got a 16-year-old girl highly intoxicated and, after she'd fallen unconscious, stripped her before videotaping themselves sexual assaulting her vagina and rectum with a Tree Top Apple Juice can, pool cue, Snapple bottle and lit cigarette. Defense lawyers put Jane Doe, that victim, on trial...
  • Lawyer dramatically demonstrates how Orange County police officers beat homeless man ...

    12/03/2013 7:47:27 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 27 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | December 3, 2013 | TARA BRADY, ALEX GREIG and ASSOCIATED PRESS
    A bloody beating by police that left a California homeless man dead began when one of the officers on trial in his death snapped on a pair of latex gloves and told him, "Now you see my fists? They're getting ready to f*** you up,'" a prosecutor said Monday. Opening statements by Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas and defense attoneys Michael Schwartz, defense attorney for Jay Cicinelli, and John Barnett acting for Manuel Ramos, each painted a very different story of the night a violent confrontation occurred between police officers and Kelly Thomas. A 33-minute video of the July...
  • Fullerton voters clean house, oust three council members

    06/06/2012 4:16:21 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 11 replies
    A recall campaign in Fullerton that was driven in part by the death of a homeless man who was beaten by police has ended with the removal of three City Council members from office. The council members, targeted after the violent confrontation between police and Kelly Thomas, were ousted by a hefty margin in Tuesday's election. Dick Jones, Don Bankhead and Pat McKinley, who came under fire for their perceived inaction after the death of Thomas, were each voted out by a nearly identical margin of close to 66%. INTERACTIVE MAP: California primary results Once the results are certified, the...
  • Video portrays violent death of Kelly Thomas (beaten to death by police)

    05/07/2012 11:20:38 PM PDT · by heartwood · 66 replies
    LA Times ^ | May 8, 2012 | Richard Winton
    On the ground and screaming that he was "sorry," a shirtless Kelly Thomas is shown being hit again and again with fists, a baton and finally the butt of a stun gun by Fullerton police officers in a dramatic video that was shown for the first time Monday in an Orange County courtroom. The grainy black and white video of Thomas' violent encounter with police outside a bus depot is the centerpiece of the prosecutions' case against two officers accused of escalating a standard police encounter with a homeless man into a fatal beating. At one point, Thomas — a...
  • Kelly thomas beating and Mainestategop twitter hacked

    11/17/2011 2:36:18 PM PST · by mainestategop · 6 replies
    mainestategop ^ | Brian Ball
    I've been compelled to do an article about the Kelly Thomas beating. I mentioned this off and on on YouTube and a few other places and it turns out that although as I have stated it proves that liberalism is the same as fascism that didn't stop some liberal from smearing me and my website. It turns out this beast broke into my twitter account and has been posting on twitter and various websites, myself posting the following abhorrent comment: Kelly Thomas was nothing but a psychotic Criminal bum and parasite who leeched off taxpayers and was a nuisance. If...
  • Two Fullerton police officers charged in homeless man's death

    09/21/2011 9:04:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 130 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | 9/21/11 | Abby Sewell, Richard Winton and Scott Gold,
    One is charged with second-degree murder and another is accused of involuntary manslaughter in the slaying of Kelly Thomas, who suffered from schizophrenia. Orange County prosecutors charged two veteran Fullerton police officers in the death of a mentally ill homeless man, accusing them of a callous cascade of violence against Kelly Thomas as he begged for his life. Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas on Wednesday said what began as routine questioning by police devolved into a "beating at the hands of an angry police officer," with other officers eventually joining in. He stressed that Thomas did not provoke the attack and...
  • 2 police officers charged in death of Calif man

    09/21/2011 4:17:41 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 41 replies
    AP ^ | 9/21/2011 | AMY TAXIN and GREG RISLING
    Prosecutors charged one police officer with murder and another with manslaughter Wednesday in the killing of an unarmed, mentally ill homeless man who was pummeled, shocked with a Taser and slammed with the butt of a stun gun in a beating that lasted nearly 10 minutes. Evidence, including audio from the officers' body microphones and surveillance video, showed Thomas was acting "in self-defense, in pain and in a state of panic," Rackauckas said. "His numerous pleas of 'I'm sorry,' 'I can't breathe,' 'Help Dad' (were) all to no avail. Screams, loud screams, didn't help," "He lifted his fists in front...
  • APNewsBreak: CA Police Officer Charged With Murder (Kelly Thomas beating)

    09/21/2011 11:02:35 AM PDT · by Smogger · 93 replies
    ABC News/AP ^ | September 21, 2011 | GILLIAN FLACCUS
    A defense lawyer says a police officer has been charged with murder in the death of a mentally ill homeless man in Southern California. Attorney John Barnett says his client, Fullerton police Officer Manuel Ramos, surrendered to authorities Wednesday and was being charged with second-degree murder. The Orange County district attorney's office was set to announce the charge in the death of 37-year-old Kelly Thomas after a violent confrontation on July 5 with Fullerton officers. Six officers were placed on paid administrative leave after the incident that occurred while police were investigating reported vehicle break-ins at a transit hub. Thomas...
  • Third instance of police brutality alleged in California town [ Fullerton Police ]

    09/16/2011 5:35:49 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | 9-16-11 | By Michael Martinez, CNN
    The Fullerton, California, Police Department was accused Friday of a third case of brutality. The incident involves the same officer accused of being among several involved in the beating death of a 37-year-old homeless man this summer. In the latest allegation Friday, the officer is accused of assaulting and falsely accusing a 27-year-old man of being drunk in public, said Garo Mardirossian, the alleged victim's attorney. Edward Miguel Quinonez, 27, of Anaheim, California, is planning to file a lawsuit against the Fullerton police officer for "slamming" his head against the wall in a June 27, 2010, incident, Mardirossian told reporters...
  • Horn honkers cited near protest over man's death

    09/12/2011 3:07:38 PM PDT · by Mr.Unique · 12 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | 9/12/2011 | AP
    FULLERTON, Calif. -- Fullerton police have cited drivers who allegedly honked their horns near a protest over the death of a mentally ill homeless man after a violent confrontation with officers. Fullerton police Sgt. Andrew Goodrich says officers had received complaints about drivers honking excessively and holding down their horns at weekly Saturday protests. Goodrich told the Orange County Register ( that officers asked protesters to stop encouraging the honking but they refused. Protesters gathered near the Police Department urge passers-by to honk in support of their demonstration over the death of 37-year-old Kelly Thomas. Thomas died in July after...
  • Kelly Thomas Died of Blunt Force Trauma To The Head, Says Attorney...Medical Records Released

    09/08/2011 7:16:38 AM PDT · by truthkeeper · 46 replies ^ | September 7, 2011 | Marisa Gerber
    Kelly Thomas died of brain injuries, which resulted from blunt force trauma to the head, according to medical records released by Garo Mardirossian, Ron Thomas' lawyer. At a press conference today at his Los Angeles office, Mardirossian told reporters he thinks the medical records are "clear evidence" that "Kelly Thomas was killed, murdered by these Fullerton police officers." Thomas suffered several broken bones in his face, according to the medical records from UC Irvine's Medical Center, where Thomas died on July 10. (PDFs of the medical reports are at the end of the post.) Mardirossian said he thinks the locations...
  • DA: Fullerton Police Have Received Specific, Violent Threats

    08/29/2011 1:01:22 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 50 replies
    KTLA ^ | Aug. 28, 2011 | Staff
    FULLERTON, Calif. (KTLA) -- The Orange County district attorney's office has released a list of at least 18 threats made against Fullerton police officers in the wake of the death of homeless man Kelly Thomas following a confrontation with six officers. Some of the threats have included explicit mentions of violence. In one instance, a call was made to the Fullerton police dispatch center threatening that "a bomb will go off in your place soon."
  • Fullerton Hires Police Watchdog to Probe Homeless Man's Death

    08/17/2011 2:12:42 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 48 replies · 1+ views
    KTLA ^ | Aug. 17, 2011 | Staff
    FULLERTON, Calif. (KTLA) -- Fullerton's city council has voted to hire a police watchdog to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of mentally-ill homeless man, Kelly Thomas, after a violent confrontation with six officers. Council members voted 4-1 Tuesday night to hire Michael Gennaco, chief attorney for the Los Angeles County Office of Independent Review, at upwards of $230 an hour. Gennaco said he would immediately begin his investigation into the entire department -- not just Thomas' death -- to see if there's any corruption. The decision came after a heated meeting involving enraged community members who booed, heckled and...