THE KILLING OF KELLY THOMAS: VIDEO OF BEATING BY FULLERTON COPSBy Greater Long Beach
A hearing to determine whether Fullerton Police Department officer Manuel Anthony Ramos and Cpl. Jay Patrick Cicinelli should stand trial in last July’s death of 37-year-old Kelly Thomas has entered its third day in a Santa Ana courtroom.
But the most compelling testimony to this point remains Monday’s showing of the previously unreleased surveillance video, a 33-minute exhibit in which a handful of Fullerton police are seen beating the unarmed, shirtless and homeless man as he apologizes, pleads for his life and ultimately screams for the help of his father, a retired law-enforcement officer.
Ramos, 38, a 10-year Fullerton police veteran, is charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. He faces a potential sentence of 15 years to life if convicted of second-degree murder, and four years if convicted of involuntary manslaughter. He is free on $1-million bail.