Kelly Thomas Murder Trial: Officers Ramos, Cicinelli NOT GUILTY!

Inside a packed, tense Santa Ana courtroom, former Fullerton Police officers Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli have been found not guilty of murdering Kelly Thomas, the homeless Fullerton resident who died after being brutally beaten by Ramos, Cicinelli and several other officers in July 2011.

Specifically, jurors found Ramos not guilty of second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter and Cicinelli not guilty of involuntary manslaughter and excessive force.

Flanked by 11 sheriff's deputies, Cicinelli cried as the verdicts were read. Moments earlier, he had hugged family members, while the district attorney's chief of staff, Susan Kang Schroeder, handed tissues to Thomas' mother, who was seated next to Thomas' father, Ron.

See our entire Kelly Thomas Killing archives here.

It's hard to imagine that either officer would have even been charged if it weren't for the fact that their actions were caught by a nearby security camera. The footage--complete with an audio track--clearly showed the overweight Ramos hulking over a seated Thomas, placing latex gloves over his hands while speaking derisively to the homeless, schizophrenic man. At one point, Ramos even threatened to beat up Thomas, whose only crime was to have taken some discarded letters out of a trashcan.

The footage also showed Cicinelli repeatedly punching Thomas in the face with his Taser while other officers, including Ramos, sat on top of Thomas, who can be heard repeatedly crying for help, saying he can't breathe, apologizing and asking for his father.

At trial, District Attorney Tony Rackauckas called the officers' actions "unconscionable," and the Orange County Coroner testified that Thomas died from acute lack of oxygen due to chest compression. Meanwhile, high-priced defense attorney John Barnett argued that Thomas died because he was a drug abuser and that police have the right to murder mentally ill civilians for not adequately complying with verbal commands. Jurors began deliberating last Thursday.

Stay tuned for more updates as this story unfolds.

See Also:
* Top Five Cases of OC Killer Cops NOT Caught on Film
* Kelly Thomas Trial: Courthouse Aftermath
* PHOTO: Accused Kelly Thomas Killer Manuel Ramos Double-Fists Tequila Shot and Tecate During New Year's Bash


Email: nschou@ocweekly.com. Twitter: @NickSchou. Follow OC Weekly on Twitter @ocweekly or on Facebook!


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rmad
rmad

Not guilty? Nazi pigs being ran by Nazi pigs and a Nazi pig of a mayor. You were police officers. You should all be shoveling shit out of a Federal prison barn.

Bill
Bill

These fucking Pricks, what we need are more of the "Death Wish " type like in the Bronson movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  So Sad  it brought me to tears, So Sorry to the Kelly Thomas family my condolences.

kyliajade50
kyliajade50

These murdering cops always get off and no one is doing anything about itWhy can

they do the things they want and people who are doing nothing just happen to be in their

way?  Well I for one am absolutely sure that they deserve what is coming to them eventually!  What goes around comes around!  Rotten murdering bullying cops in every state.  June


Obamanation
Obamanation

Do you realize the message this is sending to all the other sociopathic cops in America? Which is most of them.  Even the most egregious violent murders by cop go unpunished in America.  It is no wonder we are seeing more and more violent actions against cops.  it is not only to be expected, but it is also the right of every American to protect themselves from crime, even if it is a cop committing the crime.  I've often wondered what I would do if I came across a scene like the one of Kelly Thomas being brutally murdered by police, or of Ernest Duenez, Jr being shot 13 times in cold blood by officer John Moody in Manteca, California. 

1life
1life

We need to be the voice for all the lives the fullerton pd has taken. Thomas wasn't their first and he wont be their last. R.I.P. Uncle Mike Mata

They should be called the fullofshit pd. that's exactly what they are! Justice has not been done here. Make a change...

Sign the petitions:  https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/investigate-death-kelly-thomas-federal-case/rv5kbGcb


https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/file-federal-charges-against-officers-who-beat-homeless-and-mentally-challenged-kelly-thomas-death/DcVvTKcg

Hitman_Corleone
Hitman_Corleone

Please we need 100,000 signatures for the Gov. to step in! Please get everyone you know involved! Including posting this your facebook accounts! Justice for Kelly!!

http://wh.gov/lIsdX


 

TheMachineX2
TheMachineX2

I pray that God punishes those murders and jurors

Kanani Fong
Kanani Fong

The intent of the Goldman suit wasn't to get money, but to make OJ's life a living hell, and to make it impossible for him to earn a living. It worked. The guy's in prison now for burglary.

Bob Morgan
Bob Morgan

Jury was more afraid of the cops!

daw1960
daw1960

I really really hope people living there know how to take care of this kind of situation...its in your hands to make sure justice is done..and the bastards should be very worried when walking in public..I have the un-edited video posted on my Facebook...more were involved, and they MURDERED him..

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

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The only good lowlife cowardly homicidal pig is a DEAD lowlife cowardly homicidal pig.


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NoBullshit
NoBullshit

Hey Ron Thomas, when and where were you ever a cop?  Time to come clean about that Ron before some inquisitive reporter starts snooping around and learns the truth.  Oh, and where's all the money people donated to your cause?  Relax Ron, just asking...

JackMack
JackMack

How is that "reinvestigation" going into the Christopher Dorner firing?

I wonder if there was any truth in that manifesto / letter he left behind.



KaraBeara Smith
KaraBeara Smith

How can someone rest in peace, when there is no justice!! F u Fullerton PD ex and current. Hope those cops get karma. May their conscious forever be haunted

Jose Bermudez
Jose Bermudez

Gerardo do you honestly think anyone is going to believe you were within your rights if you pull a gun on a police officer and kill him? You won't live to see prison. Your CHL won't protect you. This isn't Gregorio Cortez. I shudder to think what his brother officers would do to you if they caught you off the book. The moment you even thought you'd clear from your holster you'd be dead and they'd kill your character in their reports.

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

How many ‘Latinos’ on the jury? Probably wouldn’t convict Ramos, and they couldn’t very well convict the dago then, could they?

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

"It's very simple: They beat him to death because they were BULLIES under the color of authority". - Mark Thomas (Kelly's dad).

Yet they will charge you (the citizen) for being a bully when you are not a bully.

Gerardomonicasofiaviviani Davila
Gerardomonicasofiaviviani Davila

Smh! People, know your rights! I took a chl(concealed handgun license) class, if a peace officer threatens your life or another person without cause, you have the right to use deadly force on that officer to stop him! Know your rights!

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

I simply cannot believe that they would believe that these 2 are telling the truth. There is no justice so there will be no peace as long as justice is ignored.

"The last shall be first and the first shall be last". "I did not come to save the rich, I came to save the poor".

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

And just remember the Chief of Police for Fullerton resigned over these incidents and trial. That should tell you something. 

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

"The citizens have a right to defend themselves from the police". - OCDA Tony Rackaukas (2011) 

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

"If the Obama administration feels compelled to continue violating the privacy rights of the masses just so they can conduct surveillance on the few then he should at least ask Congress for laws providing that authority instead of using the courts to force businesses into secretly becoming complicit in crimes against the American people.”

ipooponamerika
ipooponamerika

"Officers Ramos, Cicinelli NOT GUILTY!"

INCREDIBLE! Is everyone in this shythole of a country INSANE?

Too bad white people DON'T riot, because if there ever was a justification for one it is NOW.

I personally have taken the following lesson away from all of this: if I myself or a family member of mine should ever be abused as Thomas Kelly was, I would investigate where the offending Gestapo agent/s lived, who their family members are, where THEY live ..then I would update my Last Will & Testament and GO OUT TO GET MYSELF SOME R-E-A-L JUSTICE.

If people began taking such actions en masse and it became a TREND, you'd see these cases of police abuse drop to ZERO in a NY minute.

Randy Aguilar
Randy Aguilar

There's no ethnicity when you are law enforcement. . These so called peace officers are nothing but legal gangsters..it sickens me when we can't trust the police to protect and serve?! What a joke, this homeless man had his own misfortunes living on the street is tough enough..let alone dealing with the w/o bastards that ended his life!..

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

“…The streets are extended gutters and the gutters are full of blood and when the drains finally scab over all the vermin will drown. The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about their waists and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout ‘Save us!’…and I’ll look down and whisper ‘NO’.”  ~ WATCHMEN

Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes?

Karen Charlton
Karen Charlton

but they were following their training to a T. If this is how they train police officers, we are screwed. I hope someone "handles" these animals. I remember growing up to RESPECT our POLICE, I am now ASHAMED of how our police dept runs. Sick society we live in. Disgusted by this verdict. Prayers to the Kelly Thomas familyl

Elena Corral
Elena Corral

Shameful. Sadly these cops have now been emboldened. Who will they kill next?

gleason.linda
gleason.linda

I couldn't understand how they reached the verdict...it was heart breaking...was the jury out during the whole process ?? i keep hearing that poor child( yes he can be everyone's child, remember that, it can happen to your family) and nothing done about it...this gives the green light for cops on everyone out there with no consequences. It couldn't be more clearer...my heart was broken.He did nothing except be homeless and most people are a paycheck away from being there...

Rick Hale
Rick Hale

You're dumber than you look, Nicholas. Here, try to follow: You commented. Kanani speculated about a civil suit. I commented that one had been filed and that there might be a civil rights suit but I won't hold my breath because Eric Holder and the white house only go to bat for blacks and illegals. OC Weekly followed with their stock reply for anything they don't like. I pointed out that OC Weekly won't have opinions that differ from theirs. You showed up lost somehow. It's really quite simple for anyone with even a slight aptitude for reading comprehension. Go back and try it again, this time with the map I gave you. You'll get it.

Charlie Wheels
Charlie Wheels

who gives a shit if he's mexican. still a piece of shit cop

crashtestaddict
crashtestaddict

This was a pile-on cluster-fuk. No way man. Those cops literally beat this dude to death. The initial response my the police was over the top. Putting his gloves on while egging the homeless guy on. He wasn't acting like an idiot. No, this is wrong on so many levels that those of you sticking up for the cops in this "event" are freakin' deluded. How long do you expect that skinny homeless guy to breathe when huge fat cop is kneeling on your chest, as well as several other cops. And what's with the mangled face on guy? They beat this guy to his death. Hopefully the Fed's get a hold of this of file civil rights violations. The police response in this are disgusting.

ltpar
ltpar topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay OK hot shot, what are your going to do besides have diarrhea of the mouth?  Get a life.  

ipooponamerika
ipooponamerika

@gleason.linda Allow me to explain how they reached that verdict. During jury selection, the D.A. makes SURE to only allow jurors onto the panel who will meekly & subserviently accept HIS explanation of what the law is, how it should be applied and which evidence is worthy of consideration .. then the A$$HOLES on the jury panel RUBBER STAMP it and VOILA!

ltpar
ltpar topcommenter

Hey Charlie, when all is said and done, you are nothing yourself, but a piece of shit big mouth 

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