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Kelly Thomas Verdict A “Miscarriage Of Justice”

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Kelly Thomas, the California homeless man who was beaten to death by police officers in 2011 during an altercation, is the subject of quite a bit of controversy this week after the former officers were found not guilty.

The charges–second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter charges against Manuel Ramos and involuntary manslaughter and excessive force charges against Jay Cicinelli–were rejected on Monday by a jury, shocking Thomas’ family.

“I’ve never seen such a miscarriage of justice,” he said. “It’s so blatant. It means none of us are safe…this is carte blanche to police officers to do whatever they want,” Ron Thomas, the victim’s father, said.

Thomas, who suffered from a mental illness, was caught on a surveillance camera in a transit parking lot when the officers began beating, tasing, and clubbing him in July 2011. Thomas slipped into a coma for five days but ultimately passed away due to a lack of oxygen which was caused, among other things, by chest compression that occurred during the violent altercation.

“I’m just horrified. They got away with murdering my son,” Cathy Thomas, Kelly’s mother, said.

Though Fullerton Police Chief Dan Hughes asked citizens to remain calm after the verdict was read and to respect the decision, many voiced their opinions in a protest outside the courtroom and in front of police headquarters, at Occupy L.A.’s request.

The jury took less than a full day to deliberate; a third trial for officer Joseph Wolfe will not be pursued.

“I don’t intend to proceed with another trial when the two officers here were acquitted,” Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas said.

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Kelly Thomas Verdict A “Miscarriage Of Justice”
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  • Will

    while I generally do lean towards empathy for the family of the dead. …a couple of things does strike me as fishy-inauthentic:
    1) Mom and Dad of the homeless man. So she/he couldn’t help the homeless, her/his/their own son. But blames the police? It strikes me as ironic they had not had not put forth more effort in protecting their own son and strikes out at an under staffed, under paid, unappreciated, stressed out, put in harms way professionals. There seems to be a potentially lopsided view of justice as in “it’s ok for me to be flawed as parents, but they must be perfect as the police”

    2) What’s the other side of the story? Context is very important. What did the jury hear?
    3) Society seems to lean towards a self styled unspoken and often circumstantial wavering set of right and wrong. Is it right that those who’s jobs are to enforce the law are held to a higher set of standards? …and sometimes a set of standards they might not agree to which are put in place by flawed politicians with biased and vested interests?

    • Cops Kill a Lot of People

      I hate to tell America. Cops kill a lot of people behind closed doors and they are not underpaid. We make way too many excuses for police in this country.

      I will tell you the other side of the story…. state government withholds or loses evidence all the time. Cops also lie like crazy for each other. Everything from murder to the high rate of domestic violence in our police department.

      Veterans with PTSD and real trauma have a much lower rate of domestic violence than cops. That is because being a cop is attractive to a control freak.

      On top of that the media will never cover cop abuses, just ask the pregnant woman that got slammed to the ground by a group of police in California or the woman that was raped by six cops in Ohio or the mentally ill man that was shot over 50 times by a group of ten cops.

  • Kafantaris

    We’re not eager to convict one of our own — which is precisely what a trial by our peers entails.
    Pile on the jury consultants, focus groups, contrived case themes, and endless testimony rehearsals — an exhaustive preparation for every twist and turn of the trial — and Lady Justice doesn’t stand a chance.

    • Cops Kill a Lot of People

      Don’t worry. There is a God despite what people try to tell you. There are lots of cops, district attorneys, and judges that are going to have a rude awakening.

      Plus the people know. The masses know. If you can get past all the nonsense you see about how great cops are and talk to every day people — the majority of people don’t trust the police at all.

  • Cops Kill a Lot of People

    It says to PROTECT and SERVE. Not ABUSE and KILL an innocent man who is down on his luck.

    That is okay. God knows the truth. The police can’t cover up things with God. But then again Christ already knows, he met a lot of corrupt and brutal police on the way to his death.

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