[UPDATE: One Officer Charged With Second-Degree Murder, Another with Manslaughter] Kelly Thomas Killing Announcement Draws Huge Media Crowd ... and Protesters

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UPDATE, SEPTEMBER 21, 2011, 11 A.M.: Gustavo here. Before the press conference even began, veteran attorney John Barnett (whom you'll remember helped to represent the Haidl gang) announce to reporters that his client, Fullerton Officer Manuel Ramos, had surrendered himself to face charges on second-degree murder. And Officer Corporal Jay Cicinelli, the infamous one-eyed cop, is charged with involuntary manslaughter and use of excessive force.

ORIGINAL POST: SEPT. 21, 10:17 A.M
.: Anyone predisposed to wipe out a majority of Southern California's media in a single blow, should rush to Santa Ana and the offices of Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas.

At the moment, a whopping 12 news media satellite trucks are camped outside Rackauckas' offices in preparation for the DA's scheduled 11 a.m. announcement in his first floor law library, where 60 reporters are scheduled to be on hand to hear whether  criminal charges will be filed against six Fullerton police officers who savagely killed Kelly Thomas, an unarmed homeless man, on July 5.

Also anxiously awaiting the announcement are a handful of protesters in Kelly Thomas t-shirts.

Huddled reporters--including teams from The Orange County Register and Los Angeles Times--are all speculating about Rackauckas' decision. No one believes he'll file murder charges. Most think he'll file felony assault charges.

Inside the building, Rackauckas' media staff is preparing the press conference room. A lone television has been placed near the podium. The DA will conduct a power point presentation and be the only person speaking at the news conference, according to his office.

Stay tuned.
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Fleshgear46
Fleshgear46

im curious, if i saw a cop beating the piss out of someone can i help that person??? since the DA said we have the right to PROTECT ourselvs against angry cops???

Soho_d J
Soho_d J

Way to go Tony Rackauckas!!

909Jeff
909Jeff

Two of the six cops? thats bullshit!

Ken Sadler
Ken Sadler

AP News Break:SANTA ANA, Calif. -- A defense lawyer says a police officer has been charged with murder in the death of a mentally ill homeless man in Southern California.

Attorney John Barnett says his client, Fullerton police Officer Manuel Ramos, surrendered to authorities Wednesday and was being charged with second-degree murder.

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

Attorney John Barnett says his client, Fullerton police Officer Manuel Ramos, surrendered to authorities Wednesday and was being charged with second-degree murder.

From the OCR

909Jeff
909Jeff

Yeah they just announced it on KABC radio

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