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Fullerton police make court appearance

September 21, 2011     11:16am

Two Fullerton police officers have been criminally charged in the violent confrontation that left a homeless man dead, Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas announced Wednesday.

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas announces that criminal charges will be filed against Fullerton police officer Manuel Ramos 

Officer Manuel Ramos has been charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in connection with the beating of 37-year-old Kelly Thomas, a homeless schizophrenic man. Officer Jay Cicinelli has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and excessive use of force.

Document: Charges against police

Charges against police in homeless man’s death

Rackauckas said the department reviewed 151 witness statements, videos of the beating, medical reports and police statements.

The district attorney’s office had been awaiting the coroner’s determination on the cause of death before deciding whether to file charges.

Photos: Kelly Thomas death

Officers approached Kelly Thomas on July 5 at the bus depot in downtown Fullerton while responding to a report of someone trying to break into cars. According to witness accounts, Thomas ran when officers attempted to search his bag. Exactly what happened next is unclear, but witnesses said they saw multiple officers hitting Kelly and shooting him with a Taser while he was on the ground.

Officials from the district attorney’s office have said they were awaiting toxicology and other test results from the coroner before making a decision on the case. That report was handed over to the district attorney’s office Tuesday, but the findings were not made public.

Thomas, a 37-year-old homeless man with schizophrenia, was a regular presence in downtown Fullerton. He died five days after the confrontation, after being removed from life support.

Earlier this month, an attorney representing the Thomas family released hospital records that showed Thomas had tested negative for drugs and alcohol and that the immediate cause of death was “brain death” due to “head trauma” from the incident.

The hospital records released showed that he suffered brain injuries, a shattered nose, a smashed cheekbone, broken ribs and severe internal bleeding. Thomas also had been shocked with a stun gun “multiple” times, including in the left chest near the heart, the records showed.

Thomas’ father, Ron, has been pushing the district attorney’s office to file charges against the officers, and the case has sparked a furious reaction, including weekly protests outside the police station and a recall campaign against three City Council members.

from:  http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/09/da-announces-kelly-thomas-murder-charges.html

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Two Fullerton police officers charged in the death of a homeless man made their first court appearance Wednesday afternoon, and one was set to be released on bail.

Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas took the unusual step of appearing in person for the arraignment of Officers Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli, who are charged in the death of Kelly Thomas, 37. Thomas’ father, Ron, also spoke out at Rackauckas’ request during the arraignment.

Cicinelli pleaded not guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter and the use of excessive force. He posted $25,000 bail and was slated to be released Wednesday. His next hearing is set Nov. 4.

Photos: Kelly Thomas’ death

Ramos’ arraignment on charges of second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter was postponed until Monday, as his attorney is out of town. He remains in custody with bail set at $1 million.

The issue of bail will be revisited Monday. When asked if he opposed a bail reduction, Rackauckas called up Ron Thomas, who asked the judge not to reduce the bail amount because of the “horrific way” his son was killed.

Cicinelli appeared in court in a two-piece suit and appeared calm, while Ramos wore a striped polo shirt. He was handcuffed and appeared nervous.The judge ordered both officers to surrender their firearms when they are released from custody.The court appearance came three hours after Rackauckas announced the charges at a dramatic news conference during which he gave a detailed and chilling narrative of the beating that resulted in Thomas’ death.

Full coverage: Kelly Thomas’ death

Rackauckas said Thomas begged for his life as Fullerton police officers beat him and Tasered him July 5.

Ramos put latex gloves on his hands and brandished a fist at Thomas. Then, Rackauckas said, the officer, in a “menacing” manner, threatened Thomas: “These fists are ready to F you up.”

Scared and bleeding, Thomas begged for his life. No one listened, Rackauckas said.

“Kelly Thomas appeared to be acting in self-defense, in pain, in a state of panic. His numerous pleas of ‘I’m sorry,’ ‘I can’t breathe,’ ‘help,’ ‘Dad,’ all to no avail,” Rackauckas said. “Screams, loud screams, didn’t help.”

“Kelly Thomas was not responding when blows to his face occurred,” Rackauckas said, adding, “That is not protecting and serving.”

Ramos’ attorney, John Barnett, said his client was simply doing his job under difficult conditions when he tried to restrain Thomas.

“Officer Ramos was confronted that evening with a noncompliant suspect with a history of violence,” Barnett said. “Officer Ramos had the responsibility and the duty to detain, restrain and arrest him.”

Barnett said the district attorney had taken Ramos’ threats out of context.

“To characterize that as a justification for Kelly Thomas to leave betrays a complete lack of understanding as to what happens in the street,” Barnett said. “This was an attempt to use less force not more…. That does not a murderer make.”

A large team of investigators from the Orange County district attorney’s office spent 11 weeks combing through a mountain of evidence before a decision was made to file the criminal charges.

Key pieces of evidence included a 30-minute surveillance video taken from a pole camera at the downtown Fullerton bus station and digital audio recording devices carried by Fullerton officers.

Dana Page, Thomas’ stepmother, said it was “numbing” to hear Rackauckas recite the details.

She said she was extremely happy with the charges, but said the four other officers involved in the case should also be charged.

“Nothing will bring Kelly back, but we miss him every day,” she said. “We’ll take the two for now.”

from:  http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/09/kelly-thomas-officers-charged-arraignment.html

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using the number/letter grid:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z

Where:

A = 1 J = 1 S = 1

B = 2 K = 2 T = 2

C = 3 L = 3 U = 3

D = 4 M = 4 V = 4

E = 5 N = 5 W = 5

F = 6 O = 6 X = 6

G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7

H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8

I = 9 R = 9

 

 

  1  35    1 6       16

Manuel Ramos                 42

4  5   3  9  4 1     26

 

his soul number = 16 = Unprecedented.  Shocking.

his outer personality = 26 = Making headlines.  In the news. 

his path of destiny = 42 = Misunderstandings.

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using the number/letter grid:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z

Where:

A = 1 J = 1 S = 1

B = 2 K = 2 T = 2

C = 3 L = 3 U = 3

D = 4 M = 4 V = 4

E = 5 N = 5 W = 5

F = 6 O = 6 X = 6

G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7

H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8

I = 9 R = 9

 

 

Jay Cicinelli

117 393955339       58

 

his path of destiny = 58 = Enforced isolation.  Time off from work.  Give me a break.  Medical health and well-being.

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using the number/letter grid:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z

Where:

A = 1 J = 1 S = 1

B = 2 K = 2 T = 2

C = 3 L = 3 U = 3

D = 4 M = 4 V = 4

E = 5 N = 5 W = 5

F = 6 O = 6 X = 6

G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7

H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8

I = 9 R = 9

 

 

Kelly Thomas

25337 286411        42

 

his path of destiny = 42 = Misunderstandings.

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Ron Thomas

9     2      11

 

his primary challenge = RT = 92 = Prosecutors.  Prosecutions.  Restorative justice.  Police brutality.  Legal dealings.

what he must/must not do (RA) and how he obtains/loses his heart’s desire (RS) both = 91 = Being in the right/wrong place at the right/wrong time.

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