Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Not-Gulity Verdict in Kelly Thomas Police Murder Case

I blogged about this story some time back. This is the Fullerton PD, in Orange County.

At the Los Angeles Times, "Two former Fullerton police officers have been found not guilty in the death of Kelly Thomas":

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.

Ron Thomas, Kelly Thomas' father, said he was stunned by the verdict, saying he'd never seen such a miscarriage of justice. Thomas also suggested that federal authorities should look into the case.

Ramos' attorney, John Barnett, told reporters: "These peace officers were doing their jobs...they did what they were trained to do."
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ADDED: "Kelly Thomas trial verdict a blow to Orange County D.A. Rackauckas."