Fullerton (CA) Cops Manuel Ramos, Jay Cicinelli fired, charged in Kelly Thomas killing

May 23, 2012

UPDATED January 13, 2014: Ramos, Cicinelli acquitted of all charges.

Mr. Kelly Thomas (L) after being beaten to death by Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli (R).

SANTA ANA, CALIF. — Two former Fullerton, California cops are facing murder and manslaughter charges. Their arraignments were delayed yesterday by an Orange County judge. Meanwhile three others cops involved in the murder remain on paid vacation.

The murder took place on Monday, July 5, 2011 around 8:37 p.m. in Fullerton. Mr. Kelly Thomas was a 37-year-old transient. Mr. Thomas was sitting outside near the Fullerton Transportation Center on East Santa Fe Avenue. Police say they went to the area after receiving a call about someone vandalizing cars. Cops Manuel Ramos and Joseph Wolfe arrived in separate patrol vehicles. Ramos knew Thomas from policing the area.

Mr. Kelly Thomas

Fullerton cop Manuel Ramos is evil incarnate

The next ten minutes were pure torture for the schizophrenic Mr. Thomas. He was beaten with clubs, choked, and tasered multiple times. Thomas went into a coma. He died about four days later. Thomas was essentially crushed to death by the weight of all the cops on top of him, according to the autopsy. A broken face, head trauma, and numerous other injuries were also cited as causes of death.

Fullerton cops Ramos and cop Jay Cicinelli were charged last September with manslaughter. Ramos was also charged with second-degree murder. Defense lawyers said they needed more time to review transcripts. They are angling for the charges to be dismissed.

Orange County Superior Court judge Craig Robison reset the arraignment for June 26. Ramos is free on a $1,000,000 bond. Cicinelli is free on $25,000 bond.

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas called the murder “an act that was dangerous to human life and an act of reckless disregard for human life.” He continued, “citizens have a right to protect themselves from police.” Lawyers for Ramos and Cicinelli argued at the preliminary hearing that Mr. Kelly may have died from “an enlarged heart.”

Kelly Thomas raw surveillance video

WARNING: The following is the actual video of the murder. It is graphic and disturbing. If you get queasy or emotional about hearing people beaten to death in real time, don’t watch the video. But the tape speaks for itself. Kelly Thomas pleaded for his life. He screamed out for his father to help him while he was beaten to death by feral Fullerton pigs.

The murder starts at the 7:19 mark in the video.

Six total cops were involved in the murder. But only Ramos and Cicinelli were charged. The video clearly shows Wolfe striking Mr. Thomas with a baton. He was not charged. The other three – Kenton Hampton, Kevin Craig and James Blatney – all were rewarded with paid vacations. They are still enjoying said vacations as we speak.

Mr. Ron Thomas, Kelly’s father, is working tirelessly to get the other cops indicted, especially Wolfe. Ron Thomas, who is a former Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy, called the killers “a gang.” He said he’s ashamed to have ever been involved in law enforcement.

Victory crumbs for Kelly Thomas family

The Thomas family got a small victory this morning. Ramos and Wolfe were fired this morning, according to Friends for Fullerton’s Future. They were terminated for refusal to talk to investigators. Cicinelli was also fired.

A police-friendly plea bargain is fully expected in the end. For what it’s worth, Ramos faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted. Cicinelli faces a maximum of four years.

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