Ex-Fullerton cop acquitted of murder in Kelly Thomas case wants immunity
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A former Fullerton police officer who was acquitted of murder and manslaughter in the 2011 death of a homeless man wants immunity from federal prosecution if he testifies in a civil case.
The Orange County Register reported Friday that Manuel Ramos is scheduled to give a deposition next month in the wrongful-death lawsuit brought by Kelly Thomas’ father.
Ramos and two other officers were charged in Thomas’ death.
He was taken off life support in July 2011 after a violent confrontation with police.
Ramos and Cpl. Jay Cicinelli were acquitted and prosecutors dismissed charges against a third officer.
In court papers, Ramos says the FBI is investigating the case.
If Ramos isn’t given immunity, he wants a judge to limit the scope of questioning in the deposition.
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