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Fullerton, CA Police Dept. Murder Unarmed Homeless Man UPDATE

May 10, 2012
Adan S.,

Almost a year after the brutal beating of Kelly Thomas by the police of Fullerton, CA, the officers that coaxed the fray are finally having their preliminary hearing date.

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.

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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.

And now… the rest of the story. …..

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  1. grammasheila permalink
    May 10, 2012 1:27 pm

    Too many homeless are mentally ill, vulnerable to attack because they refuse medication and cannot be kept off the streets for their own protection. Too many police officers have NO idea how to communicate with the mentally ill and assume they can be forced into compliance. Cops are not trained to treat the mentally ill as ILL, and not just non-compliant. Also I have a feeling that an awful lot of cops are not just buff but body building and use steroids..

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