Kelly Thomas Police Beating

What went wrong?


Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas shows the jury an image of former Fullerton police officer Manuel Ramos and Kelly Thomas at the Fullerton Transportation Center on July 5, 2011 during the trial of former Fullerton officers Ramos and Jay Cicinelli on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 in Santa Ana, Calif.

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas shows the jury an image of former Fullerton police officer Manuel Ramos and Kelly Thomas at the Fullerton Transportation Center on July 5, 2011 during the trial of former Fullerton officers Ramos and Jay Cicinelli on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 in Santa Ana, Calif.

It will be interesting to hear from the jurors, should they decide to speak to the press, what their reasoning was for the not guilty verdict. Because both officers were found not guilty of all felony charges it would appear that Prosecutors could not causally link, beyond a reasonable doubt, the actions of the officers and the death of 37-year-old homeless man Kelly Thomas.

Defense attorneys went to great lengths refuting the Orange County Coroner’s official cause of death, compression asphyxiation. Numerous defense experts testified that Kelly Thomas actually died from a damaged heart resulting from years of meth abuse. Specifically, doctors pointed to damaged cells in the heart that indicated prior damage. Defense experts also noted that Kelly Thomas was still screaming minutes after both Ramos and Cicinelli had ceased any physical contact with Thomas, suggesting that he still had enough air in his lungs to rule out asphyxiation.

In order to obtain a conviction on murder or manslaughter charges a jury must determine beyond a reasonable doubt that the actions of officers Ramos and Cicinelli caused the death of Kelly Thomas. It would appear at first glance that prosecutors did not meet that burden.

Why do you believe the jurors returned a not guilty verdict? Do you agree with it? Leave us a comment and tell us your thoughts.

RYAN KERNS

Source: Wild About Trial

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Dwayne Greene says:

Unbelievable verdict reached by the jury. How could the jury think it’s plausible that Thomas met his untimely death consequently at the same time he was beaten by cops? That’s the theory the defense contends. But this infers that had there been no interaction between Thomas and the cops he would have died around that particular time anyway. I can’t see why a jury would believe the defense theory, thus finding these cops not guilty. I think since the jury could not relate in any way to Thomas that it was better to find these cops not guilty. Had Thomas been someone other than homeless and a drug addict, perhaps a different verdict would have been reached.

   
James says:

What a bum rap. These Officers know deep down that they were guilty. One thing for sure, those two Officers will have mental issues over this for the rest of their lives. I doubt any Police Dept would hire them as they would not want comes with those two. It would be great karma if both suffered so much mental anguish that they would be unable to contribute to society, lose their families, their houses, and end up homeless and livinh on the streets. It can happen.

   
Essem says:

Agree with TrialFollower, BUT for Ramos instigating the bullying of Thomas which escalated into a “pile on” by all those police and smashing in his head by Cicinelli, Thomas would not be dead. If not murder, they most certainly are guilty of manslaughter. I get that Cicinelli and other police came as a result of the calls for assistance and didn’t know how the bashing started and just assumed their force was needed and members of the public, what could they do to stop this? Call the police? I wonder now they have got away with murder if they will get their jobs back. A message needs to be given loud and clear that this was not “doing what they were trained for” and they are not able to return so that others in the PD know this was NOT ACCEPTABLE.

   
AzSandi says:

What went wrong.
One thing is that mentally ill, homeless people are not pretty, smell bad, and regarded to many as worth no more then the garbage they sleep in. When the average person would rather run the other way, due to embarrassment or fear then to deal with someone like this, it makes it easier to say the cops had a reason to fear him too.
Horror stories about “superstrength” dealing with the mentally ill keep these fears alive. This is a representation of much of America, but since it’s not always caught or video and the victim doesn’t die, it is acceptable use of force for “these” types of “criminals”.
Also would like to note. The original reason that the officer had for “detaining” him was BS.
” The officer suspected Thomas was in possession of stolen property after his partner found mail belonging to an attorney in a backpack Thomas was carrying.
Authorities later determined the letters had been tossed out by the attorney and plucked from the garbage by Thomas”

   
TrialFollower says:

I am amazed that they did not find these officers responsible, especially Ramos, of some wrong doing. Regardless of his medical condition, had it not been for the actions taken by the officers on the scene, Mr. Thomas would not have died as he did. It is incomprehensible to believe that it is at all lawful for officers to beat anyone to this degree and not be held accountable at all. I said at the beginning I was amazed, more like shocked… and definitely appalled. If law enforcement is allowed to behave this way, with no repercussions at all, then we as a society are in for a world of trouble. I cannot imagine the pain the Thomas family is going through. My heart goes out to them. I honestly believe they have been denied justice in any form thus far. Perhaps as Mr. Thomas suggested, the Justice Department should have a look at this case. And I firmly hope they will seek a wrongful death suit against these officers, if not the department as a whole.

   

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