Samstag, 10. Mai 2014

California Police Officers Acquitted in the Death of Homeless Man

California police officers Jay Cicinelli and Manuel Ramos were acquitted by an Orange County jury Monday in the beating death of homeless man Kelly Thomas, who was mentally ill. The district attorney will not try the third officer accused in the gruesome attack. Cicinelli and Ramos, now former police officers, were charged with beating Thomas with a baton and shocking him with a stun gun that left him in a coma. Three days later, Thomas succumbed to his injuries and died.
On the night of July 5, 2011, security cameras surrounding a transit parking lot caught Thomas being beaten and stunned by police officers. News of the beating went viral and sparked a nationwide outcry for justice.
Ramos was charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. Cicinelli was charged with involuntary manslaughter and excessive use of force. After the jury deliberated, both officers were found not guilty on all charges.

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