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Three Fullerton Officers Involved In Kelly Thomas Beating Fired

Almost one year after the fatal beating of homeless man Kelly Thomas, three police officers involved in the assault are being terminated.

Officers Manuel Anthony Ramos, Joe Wolfe and Cpl. Jay Cicinelli of the Fullerton Police Department have all received termination letters, reports CBS2/KCAL9. The officers have 10 days to respond or they’ll be automatically fired.

Ramos is charged with one count each of second degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in Thomas’ death. Cicinelli is charged with one count each of involuntary manslaughter and excessive force.

Wolfe has not been criminally charged for his role in Thomas’ beating and he’s still on paid administrative leave, unlike the other two officers who have been on unpaid leave for months.

Read the rest of the article and see the news coverage video here. Trigger warning: part of the video and article is graphic and violent, describing the incident.



One thought on “Three Fullerton Officers Involved In Kelly Thomas Beating Fired

  1. This is what our police have become – soulless murderers and persecutors of the innocent who have done nothing wrong to anyone else. I hope that there will be better screening by the state from now on to check out police officers who have bad tempers and anger problems that might make them prone to do something like this. Police get away with a lot of stuff nowadays, since they basically have a get out of jail free badge (card) to sacrifice. So when they want to get in someone’s face, beat someone up, or just grief whoever they want – they do so with nothing to fear. They might get a week suspension with pay and be right back on the prowl. I knew a cop like this who was aggressive to homeless and poor people in general who was in Lowndes County Sheriffs office. If I recall correctly his name was Charles Hamrick. He would literally push and hurt homeless people if he had to deal with them (source – homeless people). I think there is a lot of anger towards homeless people from police because the cops know there is not any money to rob them of so they are worthless. If they get arrested they have it made better in jail then on the street. Plus there is no pleasure for the cop knowing they are forcing someone to pay out money to the court. Might as well beat them up then, heck, why not kill them if they arent a pleasure toy right? This is what American law enforcement does in its malicious freedom.

    Posted by Tammy Smith | July 4, 2012, 2:21 AM

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