Fullerton Police Chief Reacts to Charges in Kelly Thomas Case

Ed Carrasco
Fullerton Acting Police Chief Kevin Hamilton
In response to Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas' announcement of a second-degree murder charge against Fullerton Police Officer Manuel Ramos and an involuntary manslaughter charge against Corporal Jay Cicinelli in the death of Kelly Thomas, Fullerton Acting Police Chief Kevin Hamilton read a statement this afternoon saying he respected the decision.

"The Fullerton Police Department will continue to cooperate with the District Attorney's office in their investigation," he told reporters during a 4 p.m. press conference at the Fullerton PD headquarters.


Councilmembers Bruce Whitaker and Sharon Quirk-Silva attended the short meeting; Mayor F. Richard Jones and councilmembers Don Bankhead and Pat McKinley were noticeably absent.

Ed Carrasco
Hamilton: "A tragic event"
Hamilton added that the Fullerton Police Department is dealing with two other investigations: the FBI's civil-rights investigation and an independent internal investigation conducted by the Los Angeles Office of Independent Review.

"We cannot make a determination as to specifically how long it will take the FBI and the Los Angeles Office of Independent Review to complete their investigations," he added.

The police officers involved in the Kelly Thomas case are still under administrative leave, Hamilton said before concluding his statement.

"This has been a tragic event for Kelly Thomas, the Thomas family, the community, the police department and for all of those who were involved," Hamilton concluded. "To those of you who live in, work in and visit the city of Fullerton, your police department remains fully operational and we will continue to provide police service to our community."

After Hamilton made his statement without answering questions, many members of the group of protesters calling themselves "Kelly's Army" gathered in front of the police station cheering the decision made by Rackauckas earlier in the day. They chanted "Two down/Four to go/Kelly's Army/We won't go!"


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gigi905
gigi905

Ron Thomas is a JOKE!!!

2cherubwings
2cherubwings

Living in the County of Orange, the quaint, little city of Placentia, I am wondering why Fullerton P.D. is hanging out at in Anaheim/Yorba Linda border.  Was he off duty and that's why he was reading magazines?? 

Brian Ball
Brian Ball

Kelly Thomas was nothing but a psychotic Criminal bum who leeched off taxpayers and was a nuisannce. If you’ve lived in big cities you know the mentally ill have no place in our communities.QUESTION: IS THERE ANOTHER REASON WHY THE FBI WILL NOT RELEASE THE TAPES OF THE ALLEGED “BEATING” OF KELLY THOMAS? DO THEY HAVE SOMETHING TO HIDE?THE FACTS: Kelly Thomas had a violent criminal recordKelly Thomas recieved SSI (homeless SSI bums are responsible for 1/3 of all crime in the US, 45% of crime in the state of CA. SSI and Social security. Are responsible for 2/3 of our national debt and 40% of unemployment due to higher taxes on business.)Kelly Thomas was addicted to drugs and used his SSI to use marajuana and Crystal MethKelly Thomas was arrested outside a Coffee Shop in Fullerton while panhandling and shouting derogatory curses at customers and passers by. When police arrived and questioned him, he was incohearant and beligerant and began attacking the cops who after tackling him to the ground took him to custody. He tested positive for Crack. Unfortunately he was released without being charged thanks to manipulation by Communist attorneys who accused police of brutality.Kelly Thomas was always beligerant towards police and When he was arrested he assaulted the cops with a Rusty nail and caused broken bones.According to liberal media, Officer Cincenelli lost his from a shooting while working for the LAPD. A Lie. In fact, Kelly Thomas Gouged out Officer Cicinelli’s eye with his nail.FREE THE FULLERTON SIX! BULLETS NOT HANDOUTS!

Mistalee
Mistalee

"The Fullerton Police Department will continue to cooperate with the District Attorney's office in their investigation,"

As if the fool has a choice.

19k
19k

I believe that these cops should be punished, but... where was the family that let this man roam the city knowing he was a danger to himself and others.  When will they take responsability for their part?Why his family not safeguarding him and ensuring he had proper medical help?Now they show up for trails and posible monetary compensation.The officers should spend a long time when and if proven guilty. 

Joe Schmo
Joe Schmo

I'm a white Republican and I'm more afraid of the police than the criminals.  California scary police state.

Culichi1967
Culichi1967

Here's hoping that, if found guilty, these two motherfuckers will get their heads bashed in by the Eme, the Bloods, the Crypts, the Aryans, the Surenos, and then some...Butg then again we all know these murders will spend their lock-up time in some country club for crooked cops. FUCK YOU, dirty cops! FUCK YOU!

WWJDNow
WWJDNow

Though your post is 4 months old, I can't help but say your an ASS!!! Thanks to Ronny Reagan, many of our mentally ill were deinstitutionalized without adequate care/supervision, resulting in many ending up on the streets & in jails. Right now somewhere your probably ranting about those horrible retards sucking up tax dollars & breathing up our oxygen. I hope you never sustain a head trauma, otherwise someone like you will want to cut off your air supply.

Thesweetcrusader
Thesweetcrusader

About a month after Kelly Thomas died, my brother, who also suffers from schizophrenia, decided to stop taking his medication. He slowly but noticeably became psychotic. Fortunately, he has never been violent, even when in the midst of a psychotic break, but mental illness is unpredictable by nature. We tried every way that we could to get him to take his medication, and we are extremely luck that he eventually complied and he is improving. But he refused at first. He even has a mental health team whose role is to help him manage his illness. When he stopped taking his meds, my mom called his team leader, sobbing, and was told that there was nothing they could do. It was his choice and they had to respect that. Hospitals are even less sympathetic than that. Every time he left our house, we knew it was a possibility that he would never come back. But you can't force a mentally ill person to do anything, because when they are untreated, they have lost the ability to rationalize, and they are also distrustful. Insisting that they seek treatment will not work, and the worst-case scenario is that they will become paranoid of you as a result and leave. My parents looked for help everywhere but families are helpless. They knew that if something happened to my brother, or if he did something to someone, they would be blamed.

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

A families responsibility ends at what point? Kelly Thomas did not seem to want to live under control of his family. no one seemed to complain of Kelly Thomas surviving in the streets with the exception of some management of the club that called the FPD thugs.

Will the FBI uncover a conspiracy? Will this venue be let off?

I do not believe the family of Kelly Thomas had any responsibility in this at all. One person cannot force another to get help they do not want. I have learned to be skeptical of the mental health agencies, their answers are usually warehousing and drugs with nasty side effects and bullshit go nowhere psychotherapy.

Micheal
Micheal

The criminals dont scare me as much as the police or the politicians.

PatrickR
PatrickR

Joe, only reason you need to be scared of the Cops is if you are doing something illegal.  Even white anglo Republicans commit crimes from time to time.    The Peoples Republic of California is about as far from being a Police State as you can ever find.  The essence of the story is, "Don't do the crime, if you can't do the time."   

whatever
whatever

So tough behind that keyboard huh?

gigi905
gigi905

@Micheal 

You are an idiot!!

Fullertonista
Fullertonista

Patrick - if that were even remotely close to being true, people wouldn't be scared of cops.  Unfortunately Kelly Thomas, Veth Mam, Eddie Quninonez, and the other hundreds of random victims of police brutality know that this is the worst kind of lie.  The kind that denies their humanity, their experience, and their victimization.  The cops are the ones who have been doing the crimes without doing the time.  No longer.  The tables are turning.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

"Joe, only reason you need to be scared of the Cops is if you are doing something illegal."

Oh please...what exactly was Kelly Thomas doing that was so illegal?

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