Fullerton cop charged in Kelly Thomas’ death fired

KABC | May 23, 2012

FULLERTON, Calif. — At least one of the two Fullerton police officers charged in the death of Kelly Thomas has been dismissed from the force.

The attorney for Manuel Ramos confirmed that his client received the news following a court appearance.

Ramos and Jay Cicinelli were in court Tuesday to ask a judge to postpone their arraignments until June 26.

Thomas, a schizophrenic homeless man, died last July after a confrontation with police officers. He was allegedly trying to break into cars at the bus depot at the Fullerton Transportation Center.

Prosecutors allege Ramos punched Thomas in the ribs and tackled him to the ground, and minutes later Cicinelli Tasered him several times and struck him in the face eight times with the Taser.

Ramos is charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in Thomas’ death. Cicinelli faces charges of involuntary manslaughter and use of excessive force.

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