FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Top News

Calif. Officers Face Hearing In Death of Homeless Man

May 07, 2012  | 

The two Fullerton (Calif.) Police officers charged in the fatal beating of a homeless man faced the first day of a preliminary hearing today. The hearing will determine whether there is enough evidence for a trial of the officers.

On the first day of the hearing, Orange County prosecutors showed the bloody face of Kelly Thomas, the homeless man beaten by six Fullerton officers. The department's forensic technician testified that a TASER had been used on Thomas, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Prosecutors also plan to show video captured by a camera at a transit station July 5, 2011 capturing the beating, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Fullerton PD's Cpl. Jay Cicinelli and Officer Manuel Ramos have pleaded not guilty. Ramos was charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. Cicinelli was charged with involuntary manslaughter and using excessive force. The officers are on administrative leave from the department.

On the eve of the hearing, Thomas' father Ron told KTLA he wants a third officer, Joseph Wolfe, charged in the case.

Related:

Two Calif. Cops Face Felony Charges In Beating Death

Six Calif. Officers Involved In Fatal Beating Suspended

Tags: Excessive Force, Murder Prosecutions, Fullerton (Calif.) PD, Kelly Thomas Beating


Comments (2)

Displaying 1 - 2 of 2

Capt David-Ret LA County @ 5/8/2012 8:31 AM

Every LEO should be following this story.

Tom Ret @ 5/8/2012 5:41 PM

I have followed this case. From what I have read, the officers have pretty much been tried and convicted in the press. Comments from people responding to the LA Times article paint extreme hostility towards the officers, Fullerton PD and cops in general. A change of venue would be a good idea in my mind. I don't know if these officers will be convicted but they deserve their day in court. From what I have read about the father to the deceased and his comments, he appears to be a little off plumb.

Join the Discussion





POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

Video: Milwaukee Chief Calls Out Black Activists Over Their Priorities After Public Meeting
A video of an emotional Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn decrying community activists...
Police Unions Call for Mandatory Body Armor, Seat Belt Policies
During the past three decades, 42% of police killed in auto accidents were not wearing...
New Jersey Officer Charged with Shooting Patrol Car
Da'Shaun Carr, 23, of Clayton, was charged Nov. 17 with false public alarm in the incident...
Video: Rookie NYPD Officer Shoots, Kills Unarmed Man in Brooklyn Project
Police Commissioner William J. Bratton said that the victim, Akai Gurley, was "a total...
Video: Officer Darren Wilson Discussing Resignation with Ferguson Officials
Wilson has told associates he would resign to help ease pressure and protect his fellow...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
It's easy! Just fill in the form below and click the red button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.
First Name:
Last Name:
Rank:
Agency:
Address:
City:
State:
  
Zip Code:
 
Country:
We respect your privacy. Please let us know if the address provided is your home, as your RANK / AGENCY will not be included on the mailing label.
E-mail Address:

Police Magazine