Fullerton, CA Police Dept. Murder Unarmed Homeless Man UPDATE
Kelly Thomas was the 37-year-old homeless schizophrenic man that was first verbally abused, then tackled by officer Manuel Ramos and Cpl. Jay Cicinelli, and then later subdued by taser by four other police officers. Thomas suffered a coma for five days after the altercation and then passed away when taken off life support.
Now comes new damning testimony in the case by the most unlikely of key witnesses – prosecution exhibit #4, big brother. (Chalk one up for the surveillance grid—it finally caught an actual crime taking place!)
It seems that while officers Ramos and Cicinelli were busy riding their power trips, an all-seeing eye was recording the entire confrontation as it unfolded.
The grainy street-cam video was presented to the court Monday, and according to the footage it took a total of six officers to subdue the non-violent, unarmed offender.
The video begins with officers forcing an unlawful backpack search, a familiar tactic that is becoming a normality. Officer Ramos presents his request with the guise of wanting to get on with his day: “We just gotta figure out your name so we can get outta here and go about our business, that’s all.”
Three minutes into the video, it’s evident Ramos was just looking for an excuse to start a fight. Officer Ramos can be heard muttering obscenities to Thomas while putting on latex gloves: “Now, you see my fists? … They’re getting ready to f— you up … If you don’t start f—— listening.” The officers lay in on Thomas with billy clubs and dog pile on him while kneeing at his ribs.
Thomas’ screams and cries for help go unheeded as even more officers arrive and begin tasering.