I had watched a video earlier over at Reason Magazine about a homeless man named Kelly Thomas, and I thought my heart would break in two at the what I was witnessing. What the Fullerton Police Department did to that poor, pitiful man was so extreme, that the charges should come with a death penalty charge for the police officers. I have written many times about the militarization of the police departments from coast to coast. I recognize as do most Americans that the criminals have gotten deadlier but the response from our local police departments has been extreme. No longer do you see officer friendly walking the beat, you see a 21st century jackbooted military man or woman. The heightened sense of self protection has created monsters out of our best and brightest. What should be a friendly relationship between the community and their paid police force has become us against them. That so many laws are written every year, County to County, State to State up to the Federal Government, means most of us have probably done something illegal and didn’t know it, think of all those lemonade stand stories this summer, of children being in violation of a law, that is how chaotic it has become. This video will make you catch your breath in sorrow for this young man, as he is dying he is calling out for his Dad. I could only think of my son’s and how I would be destroyed if this had happened to them.
The only good news out of this murder is that finally a police officer has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, it should be out right murder Read The Description Of The Charges
SANTA ANA, Calif. (KABC) — A Fullerton police officer has been charged with murder in the death of Kelly Thomas, a mentally-ill homeless man who died following a confrontation with police in July.
Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas gave an explicit description of what happened the night of Thomas’ beating at a press conference Wednesday morning.
Rackauckas said a wide array of evidence was used in this case, including video from cellphones, public surveillance and bus cameras, as well as interviews with 151 witnesses, police reports, medical reports and physical evidence.
After reviewing all the evidence, Officer Manuel Ramos, 37, was charged with one felony count of second-degree murder and one felony count of involuntary manslaughter. If convicted, Ramos faces 15 years to life in state prison.
Ramos did not enter a plea and was being held on $1 million bail. His arraignment was set for Monday.
Cpl. Jay Cicinelli, 39, was charged with one felony count of involuntary manslaughter and one felony count of using excessive force. If convicted, Cicinelli faces four years in state prison.
Cicinelli posted $25,000 bail and was scheduled to return to court in November.
When the jury sees this video and what those officers did to that defenseless man, they will have no choice but to find them all guilty.