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The trial of former Fullerton, California, police officers, Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli began December 1, 2013, in the beating death of Kelly Thomas, a 37-year-old drifter with schizophrenia. Thomas died after a July, 2011, altercation with six police officers in which he was tasered, beaten with batons, and hit repeatedly in the face with the end of a Taser. Ramos is charged with involuntary manslaughter and second-degree murder and Cicinelli is charged with excessive force and involuntary manslaughter.
Opening statements from District Attorney Tony Rackauckas detailed Thomas begging the officers to stop.
“He posed no threat at all, to the police or to anyone else,” said Rackauckas to jurors. The District Attorney dramatically demonstrated the events of the encounter using a wooden police baton.
Statements from the defense maintained that Ramos and Cicinelli committed no crimes and were dealing with an uncontrollable and violent person. Michael Schwartz, defense attorney…
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