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California Cops on Trial For Savage Murder of Homeless Mentally Ill Man

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Death of Kelly Thomas

Death of Kelly Thomas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Reuters) – The trial of two former California policemen charged in the beating and stun gun death of a mentally ill transient began on Monday with opening statements about the deadly confrontation that touched off protests and political upheaval in a Los Angeles suburb.

Prosecutors say the two officers, who approached Kelly Thomas to question him about reports of vandalized cars near a bus depot, turned a routine police encounter into an unnecessary and savage beating that cost the unarmed homeless man his life in what represented a flagrant abuse of authority.

Former Fullerton officer Manuel Ramos, 39, is charged with second degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the confrontation between Fullerton police officers and 37-year-old Thomas on the night of July 5, 2011.

Jay Cicinelli, a 41-year-old ex-corporal with the Fullerton Police Department, is charged with involuntary manslaughter and use of excessive force. Both men have pleaded not guilty.

One clip of the beating, aired repeatedly on cable television, showed Thomas lying on the ground screaming, “They’re killing me,” as several officers swarmed over him, delivering multiple blows and shocks.


Written by voiceoftruthusa

December 4, 2013 at 5:47 am

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  1. thanks for sharing


    December 4, 2013 at 5:52 am

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