Kelly Thomas Verdict: Police Officers Found Not Guilty

    January 14, 2014
    Meaghan Ellis
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On Monday, Jan. 13, former Fullerton, CA police officers Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli were found not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges related to the beating death of homeless schizophrenic Kelly Thomas.

Charges that were to be filed against a third officer will no longer be pursued due to the acquittal. While Ramos was found not guilty of second-degree murder and involuntary, the Orange County jury found Cicinelli not guilty of manslaughter and excessive use of force. The fatal altercation took place on July 5, 2011, and Thomas died five days later on July 10.

Throughout the trial, jurors viewed the surveillance video which showed Thomas being approached by the officers at a bus terminal. The video went on to show the gruesome attack that led to Thomas’ death.

The prosecution argued that officers were excessively abusing their authority, continuously striking Thomas with a baton, while he was shocked with a stun gun as he plead for help.

The defense went for the obvious contention, asserting that Thomas reacted violently toward the officers when they approached him. The defense classified their actions as a collaborative effort to restrain him. As a result of the brutal lashing, Thomas suffered brain damage, due to lack of oxygen, caused by severe chest compression, and a series of other injures.


Ultimately, the jury ruled in favor of the defense. After deliberating for less than a day, the jury returned with a ‘not guilty’ verdict. According to the LA Times, the verdict left many flabbergasted. Thomas’ parents were among those left in total shock and disbelief.

“They got away with murdering my son,” said Cathy Thomas. “He was so innocent. It just isn’t fair at all.”

Kelly’s father, Ron Thomas, a former Orange County Sheriff’s deputy also weighed in with his own disdain of the verdict. “I’ve never seen such a miscarriage of justice,”  he said. “It’s so blatant. It means none of us are safe.”

Fullerton Police Chief Dan Hughes shared that the department has since taken “significant steps” toward exercising preventive measures in an effort to forestall similar incidents in the future.

Warning: Video Contains Graphic Content

Image via Wikimedia Commons | Kelly Thomas  (2)

  • Wow

    I used to love the police..now I can’t stand them. They have changed so much since I was a kid. In my 40 years, it is undeniable. Corrupt cops were so rare, but now, they are the majority. We are nothing but a police state and it is going to get much worse.

    It is supposed to be to PROTECT and SERVE. Not ABUSE and KILL.

    Don’t kid yourself — these things happen more than you know. I prosecute these cases. I cannot tell you how much is covered up and how much evidence just gets “lost”. Look at that man above! Just look at him. There are things called tasers. All cops have them. Trust me, you aren’t fighting when you are tased. They killed that man on purpose!!!!

    I am telling you. Be naive if you want. Believe all those stupid cop shows that glorify the police. Live in your dream world. These things are more common than you know and for every person a cop helps, there is a person’s life he destroys. Our prisons are full of people with destroyed lives for really very small things. Don’t worry though, you will find out soon enough. One in every 35 people in America is arrested for something. It gets worse every day.

  • JT

    All those cops for one homeless guy who was minding his own business. Orange County is full of gangs. You figure they would be out there going after those people. Not the homeless. This is more common than we know. Go out to google and just start googling police corruption.

  • Stefan

    These cops should be publicly executed and scorned. End of story. What a pile of degenerate scumbags. Even that does not adequately describe how incredibly revolting these heaps of trash are. Hopefully great suffering awaits them in the deepest bowels of hell. And to those who made the call that found these murderers not guilty of murder, I sincerely wish that you get assaulted in this manner. You will have learned your lesson at least. This is the end of freedom and justice for all, made possible by morons like you. America is over, and it’s been a long time coming.

  • kia

    To hear that officer threaten that man to begin with is sign enough that he was abusing his authority.