Have Two of Kelly Thomas's Attackers Been Fired?

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Joshua Suddock/OC Register
Local blog Friends for Fullerton's Future is reporting officers Joe Wolfe and Manuel Ramos have been handed termination papers. The information was leaked to the blog by an anonymous source inside the Fullerton Police Department who said the firing stems from the officers' refusal to talk to independent investigator Michael Gennaco. Attorney Gennaco was hired by the city following concerns of a cover up in the aftermath of the Kelly Thomas beating. Both officers were involved in the deadly attack last July, but so far, only Ramos and another officer, Jay Cicinelli, have been charged in the death. A call to Fullerton Police Spokesman Jeff Stuart wasn't immediately returned.


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Joshua Suddock/OC Register
After the Thomas beating, the six involved officers remained on active duty until pressure brought about by the Friends for Fullerton's Future blog influenced the department to take them off the streets. Last week, a group of angry citizens which included Ron Thomas, the father of the slain man, confronted councilmembers on the decision to keep the officers employed.

In other news, Ramos and Cicinelli, who an Orange County Superior Court Judge ruled can face trial, saw their arrainment carried over today. They are due back in court on June 26.

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Cottonwood
Cottonwood

Oh my gosh...he hurt his elbow. If Kelly had lived they may have charged him with assaulting an officer for Ramos's elbow getting hurt while beating Kelly. On youtube there is a video of police brutality toward Robert Leone in PA. Robert is mentally ill and didn't pull over soon enough when the police where following him for being suspected of a fender bender (it turned out to be the wrong car anyway, Robert wasn't involved in the fender bender), so they beat him nearly to death and put him in jail for 2 1/2 years. One of Robert's charges was assaulting an officer, because the officer broke his hand while beating Robert. It's a heart-wrenching story.

Clap on Clap off
Clap on Clap off

Im glad to know hes been fired. Lets follow him throughout his life keeping an eye open to be sure he never holds another position of authority. 

CAMPOLELLI
CAMPOLELLI

 thats completely wrong. he was employed as a police officer

Veritas
Veritas

Ron Thomas is a piece of work and a media-whore. There isn't a medium that he doesn't want his mug on. When local PDs would call him about his son his response was, "He's your problem now."But now with a BIG payday in the horizon he has all the time in the world.

For the record he was NEVER in law enforcement like he keeps saying in interviews. He was dismissed from the academy for being incompetent. When confronted with the truth he no longer wishes to comment.

Veritas
Veritas

Ron Thomas is a piece of work and a media-whore. There isn't a medium that he doesn't want his mug on. When local PDs would call him about his son his response was, "He's your problem now."But now with a BIG payday in the horizon he has all the time in the world.

For the record he was NEVER in law enforcement like he keeps saying in interviews. He was dismissed from the academy for being incompetent. When confronted with the truth he no longer wishes to comment.

Wholetruth2012
Wholetruth2012

Ron Thomas is a piece of work and a media-whore. There isn't a medium that he doesn't want his mug on. When local PDs would call him about his son his response was, "He's your problem now."But now with a BIG payday in the horizon he has all the time in the world.

For the record he was NEVER in law enforcement like he keeps saying in interviews. He was dismissed from the academy for being incompetent. When confronted with the truth he no longer wishes to comment.

Wholetruth
Wholetruth

Ron Thomas is a piece of work and a media-whore. There isn't a medium that he doesn't want his mug on. When local PDs would call him about his son his response was, "He's your problem now."But now with a BIG payday in the horizon he has all the time in the world.

For the record he was NEVER in law enforcement like he keeps saying in interviews. He was dismissed from the academy for being incompetent. When confronted with the truth he no longer wishes to comment.

Wholetruth
Wholetruth

The OC DA deserves a best actor award for his dramatics and feigned emotion.  He has sunk to a new low using his power to advance his political ambitions at the expense of two officers who were dealing with a rapidly escalating situation with a person who was known (by his family) to be very violent.  His own mother had a restraining order filed against him.  It is well known that he once physically attacked his grandfather.  His father when contacted by local police would say that he (Kelly) was their problem now.

When Ramos says, "See these fists, They're getting ready to f--- you up," he ALSO says, "iF YOU DON'T F-ING START LISTENING.". Something that the DA likes to omit when miss quoting Ofc. Ramos.Another thing the DA and now the media so conveniently neglect to include is Thomas' response, "START PUNCHING DUDE." Does that sound like someone who is in fear for his life?

Even RonThomas admits to using force with Kelly, "Ron once used his jujitsu skills to apprehend his son, wrestling Kelly into his car from a Yorba Linda park using wristlocks. "A lot of things I did with Kelly were very painful. But what are the alternatives?” -Orange Coast Magazine, March 2012

Carol Leonard
Carol Leonard

Iam now hearing it is confirmed: 3 Fullerton Police Officers Manuel Ramos, Jay Cicinelli and Joe Wolfe FIRED for their roles in the #KellyThomas beating.

Guest
Guest

Not that I don't think they should be fired....but doesn't Reporting 101 teach you that journalism should be more than reporting hearsay as news?

Greg Diamond
Greg Diamond

Not "fired for their role in the Kelly Thomas beating."  Fired for not cooperating in the city's investigation of it.

Joe Blow
Joe Blow

Welcome to the 21st Century. If it wasn't for FFFF & OC Weekly covering this story in any capacity, the public would still be receiving lies disbursed by FPD & the Register. That clown David Whiting is at it again today. JUSTICE FOR KELLY THOMAS!

Sam
Sam

Journalists are true heroes!

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