Police Beat Mentally Ill Homeless Man to Death – and Get Away With It

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Kelly Thomas Hospital

Today two ex-police officers were found not guilty in the 2011 beating death of a mentally ill homeless man.

Kelly Thomas, a 37-year-old homeless man with schizophrenia, was approached by Fullerton police who were responding to a vandalism call on the night of July 5.

A 33-minute surveillance camera video caught the entire confrontation.

WARNING: This video contains graphic and disturbing content.

The altercation began when Officer Manuel Ramos approached Thomas and engaged him in conversation. Fifteen minutes later, Ramos put on latex gloves and threatened Thomas:

“You see my fists? They’re getting ready to f*ck you up.”

Thomas, while sitting on the ground, told the officer, “Start punching, dude!”

He stood up to walk away, and that’s when a second officer started beating him with a baton.

Thomas can be heard pleading for the officers to stop hitting him:

“I’m sorry, dude! I’m sorry.”

About 16 minutes into the altercation, two officers are seen on top of Thomas, who protested:

“I can’t breathe dude, I can’t breathe! Please, I can’t breathe!”

A police car arrived at the scene around 18 minutes into the ordeal, and at least one more officer joined in the merciless abuse of Thomas, who can be heard calling for help:

“Dad! Dad! Dad! Help me, help me Dad!”

Naturally, the officers attempted to justify their excessive and disgusting use of force:

“We ran out of options so I got the end of my Taser and I probably … I just start smashing his face to hell,” says Cpl. Jay Cicinelli, according to the transcript provided by prosecutors. “He was on something. Cause the three of us couldn’t even control him.”

The video footage seems to tell a completely different story. Ran out of options? They couldn’t control Thomas while they were piled on top of him and he was begging for mercy?

Thomas sustained severe head and neck injuries from the abuse. He had lost consciousness by the time medics arrived.

He spent five days in a coma, and his family decided to take him off life support.

Both officers finally had their day in court today, and the outcome is shocking:

Manuel Anthony Ramos, a second-generation cop, was acquitted of second-degree murder. He was the first person in Orange County history to be charged with murder for an on-duty incident while a uniformed officer. He had faced a potential 15-year prison term.

The same eight-woman, four-man jury also acquitted ex-Cpl. Jay Cicinelli – Ramos’ former colleague – of involuntary manslaughter and assault under color of authority for his role in the July 5, 2011, beating of Kelly Thomas. (source)

The Orange County Register reported on details of the trial:

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas contended that Ramos triggered a fatal beating when he snapped on latex gloves during a routine questioning and issued a profanity-laced threat to Thomas. Rackauckas contends that Cicinelli applied excessive force when he used a plastic Taser to smash the struggling Thomas in the face after the device was not effective as a stun gun.

Defense attorneys John Barnett and Michael Schwartz argued that the two officers properly followed their training and violated no law when they detained Thomas after a dispatch call that a homeless man was trying the doors of parked cars. The defense team insists it was a belligerent Thomas who escalated the encounter by refusing to identify himself or follow lawful orders.

The surveillance video was the key piece of evidence:

Rackauckas, a former judge, argued that the videotape showed an angry and overzealous Ramos taunting a confused and compliant Thomas – a transient he knew well from seven prior contacts – and then escalating the routine encounter with an unlawful and brazen threat.

Ramos triggered the fatal beating, Rackauckas insisted, when he snapped on a pair of latex gloves, leaned over to Thomas as he sat on a curb, and threatened, “Now see these fists? They’re getting ready to F— you up.” (source)

Defense attorneys argued that the actions of the officers during the altercation were not substantial factors, as required by law, in Thomas’ death and that he died of a diseased heart weakened by years of methamphetamine abuse.

But the coroner determined that Thomas died from mechanical compression of the thorax, which made it impossible for him to breathe normally and deprived his brain of oxygen. The autopsy also showed he had multiple broken bones in his face and several cracked ribs.

So how did this jury find the ex-officers not guilty?

Ramos’ attorney, John Barnett, told reporters: “These peace officers were doing their jobs…they did what they were trained to do.”

Peace officers?  Doing what they were trained to do?

Chilling. Every bit of it.

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  • Wolve Rine

    And not a single moment was reported by the traitorous, pandering whore quislings, of Team Barry’s state propaganda.

    • chrism12743

      Can you say Herr Goebbels? Every American needs to come to grips with the fact that there is no more justice, only violence if we fail to do as we are told. Pray for Mr. Thomas, and pray for all Americans, we are coming to a time of great strife.

      • kiljoy616

        Praying a useless way to say, can’t do anything and I don’t want to deal with it.

  • Cracker122049

    That would be justice!

  • chrism12743

    In over thirty years of wearing a badge I have never seen or heard of anything so egregious, so violent, and so vicious as what happened to that poor man. This was pre-meditated murder, plain and simple, and these sons of bitches got away with this horrific crime, my heart breaks, any one of us could be next. It could be our sons, our daughters, or other family members, this cannot be allowed to continue!

    • Booo

      I would just say, It is up to you and me see this does not happen any where on the soil of this once great country.

  • Dave_Mowers

    Hopefully society will have justice when these two murderers are taken out.

  • Jason Vega

    holy crap

  • Sooriamoorthy

    Kill those defense attorneys first, before killing some parents of those pigs and finally butchering the pigs themselves; there are special knives for that.

  • Randy Bobandy

    This is why every time I hear of one of these jack-booted thugs taking a cap my nipples get hard.

  • Hammerun

    Fancy attorneys, selected juries, sloped prosecution and yet they are found not guilty. But in truth, far from innocent. Kelly Thomas didn’t just die, he was killed by their hands and they all know it. Vindication by trial, this trial, will be good only in the public eye. They won’t get to incarceration for what they have done.
    BUT, there will be one hell of a KARMA debt to pay and there’s no escaping that. We may not ever see them pay it but it will be paid in full, by them!
    What ever happiness they’ve known in their lives is lost. Their quality of life will be diminished by their own hands because they know it’s coming and they want to try to correct the wrong. KARMA settles it’s own debts in its own way in its own time. These officers know what karma is and they now fear it because they have no control of what’s coming. Take comfort in knowing, this ain’t over, not by a long shot! These officers are in for an absolute hell.
    Bet on it! It would suck to be them!

    • Gordon Klock

      Even if they don’t understand/believe in karma, they feel darkness hanging over themselves,( which will probably influence future decisions/behaviors ) with the secret, fearsome knowledge that it will need to be addressed at a future time.( bullies are a secretly fearful & cowardly bunch, that is what makes them so dangerous).

    • spidermonkey

      KARMA is bullshit….I’ve seen FAR too many good things happen to bad people and bad things happen to good people to believe Karma has any teeth!! KARMA is just an excuse people use when they don’t have the balls to take mattters into their own hands…. Karma, and the people who say things like “Karma will get them’…. Are pussies who hope for Karma because they are scared.

      • Wolve Rine

        Agreed.

    • HTT

      Too many get off with the excuse that Karma will
      take care of it, or Jesus will punish them in the next world. That is why these things continue. God said to send the murders home to him
      and these things will ceases among you.

  • Gordon Klock

    I’m curious as to if & how the jury was coerced into making this ruling…..(if not,I want to know who &/or what these “jurors” really are…)

  • Syllamo

    And here is the CBC (Canadian Brainwashing Corporation) story – notice how it is rose colored and that even the fact that he was “beaten to death” is downplayed.

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/manuel-ramos-jay-cicinelli-acquitted-in-kelly-thomas-s-death-1.2495566

    They even changed the headline from “Police Got Away With Murdering My son” mom says after acquittal – CBC does this all the time.

  • Vox

    Absolutely disgusting to see Mexcrement treat a White man this way! I am calling on ALL WHITES to awaken and take our nation back from these turd people. Drive them out of OUR nation and back in to the sewers of the world where they belong!

  • spidermonkey

    If I were this man father ……………Would not be pretty is all I am willing to say right now. As a former LEO our current state of Pathetic weak punks who make up local, state and federal Law enforcement disgust me. THey are stupid,brutal and too weak to think on their own. This is what liberal systems get you….

  • spidermonkey

    I second your sentiments. Everybody wants to bitch and then say “well, WHat are ya gonna do?” and hang their heads in shame……….

  • fatwillie

    They only get away with it if the family, friends, and community allow it. You will never get justice in any court of law in this nation. Go get your justice, do not allow evil to prevail by doing nothing. You in the community have their names, now its very easy to learn where they live and do society a favor and get justice. This problem this cancer will continue to get worse until the message is sent, that there are serious consequences. This jury would have had a different verdict if it were one of theirs, so they are weak hypocrites. In a civil suit, even if won, it will not stop these evil soulless animals. It will not bring justice, these animals must be removed from society.

    • Wolve Rine

      Absolutely right.

  • Wolve Rine

    The only contribution a shamelessly unrepentant, sphincter sucking slave like you can make, is to confirm when you no longer reside in our(not yours)Republic. By choice or by force, the time is fast approaching when you, and your collectivist/communist, eunuch, pj wearing/cocoa drinking, emasculated/metrosexual, feminazi/PC allies will make that choice. Mind how you go now, SLAVE.

  • Booo

    The jurors need to be visited. the elected officals need to be visited. The lousy black robe needs a vist. Nuff Said!

  • Firestopper

    We don’t get out of this world alive – these scum police and jurors will have to meet their maker and justice will be done.

  • Jose Podres

    Man, Where are the people of Fullerton!? they should be in the streets right NOW!

  • HTT

    Hopefully this police brutality will happen to each member of the jury. That will be fair.

  • HTT

    I get sooo tired of hearing the words, “wake up”. Is the vocabulary really so limited?

  • HTT

    I agree. Repeatedly we hear, “Yous peoples better wake up. I’ve been telling yous to wake up for fifty years now”. The armchair heroes like to feel superior by lecturing us to wake up and rise to their level of wisdom. But what have they done with their wisdom?
    NOTHING.

  • spidermonkey

    This is a White persons answer. Black communities would have rioted in the streets already.

  • obidiah_slope

    I understand Kelly’s dad was a retired Deputy Sheriff….these cops need taking off the street.

  • kiljoy616

    ROFLMAO get with the program never going to happen

  • kiljoy616

    You want sheeple to do the deed LOL. As for use who can and know its not our problem the dead man is an unknown so not our business.

  • Leon Fitzroy Dawson

    As per usual ZERO accountability for the cops.