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Published On: Wed, Jan 15th, 2014

Uniformed killers walk free after beating and tasing unarmed homeless man to death:

“See my fists, they’re going to f*** you up,” the officer menaced, sliding his hands into rubber gloves.

TND Guest Contributor:  PoliceStateUSA.com

Kelly Thomas, before and after dealing with Fullerton Police.

Kelly Thomas, before and after dealing with Fullerton Police.

FULLERTON, CA — In 2011, a group of police officers brutally beat an unarmed homeless man to death on a street corner with clubs, fists, and repeated electric shocks.  The story got national attention when the video of the attack showed the mentally ill man wailed for his father as police bludgeoned him mercilessly.  The story reached its heartbreaking conclusion when a jury announced that the police officers who had been charged with his death would all walk away as free men.  The frustrating story shows that even in the rare instances when police officers face criminal charges for their brutality, their position of power makes it incredibly easy for them to get away with murder.  The only objection the Fullerton Police Department had with the behavior of their officers was their use of profanity.

Easy Prey

The incident took place approximately two and a half years ago on a hot summer night in Fullerton.  On July 5th, 2011, at approximately 8:30 p.m., police were investigating a report of parked cars that had been burglarized.  Their efforts brought them near a bus station where they approached a shirtless “homeless-looking man” carrying a bag.   That man was a local transient named Kelly Thomas, 37, who was always found downtown and suffered from schizophrenia.

An undated photo of Kelly Thomas’ life on the streets. (Source: Orange County Register)

An undated photo of Kelly Thomas’ life on the streets. (Source: Orange County Register)

Many officers of the department were familiar with Thomas, including Officer Manuel Ramos, who initiated contact with him on the street corner.   Thomas was chronically homeless and had been the subject of police attention in the past.  With his mental illness, he lived by sifting through garbage cans and sleeping on benches.  But Thomas was not prone to violence, a department spokesperson later stated.

Police officers spent several minutes questioning Thomas.  They asked him if he had drank alcohol that day, and about the contents of his bag.  Thomas had an obviously hard time following basic commands and displayed a lot of cognitive issues.

Allegedly police believed that Thomas may have been the burglar, but did not attempt to handcuff him while he was seated, posing no threat.  Instead, Officer Ramos turned away to fetch a pair of rubber gloves, then placed them on his hands, and leaned over Thomas to threaten him.

“See my fists, they’re going to f*** you up,” the officer menaced.

Thomas was soon on his feet and two officers closed on him with batons already raised in their hands.  Thomas backed up and resisted when they tried to cuff him.

Things escalated swiftly.  Thomas was violently taken to the ground.  They wrestled with him and bludgeoned him with fists and batons.  They called for backup.

More officers arrived and Thomas was attacked by an even greater force.  The third officer on the scene, Jay Cicinelli, beat Thomas with the back of a taser and shocked him several times.  They struck him in the back of the head with their elbows and a flashlight.  Officer Joseph Wolfe joined in the fray by viciously striking Thomas with a baton while he lay helpless.  Police hogtied him and slammed his face into concrete.  A total of six officers participated in subduing him as he squirmed on the ground, confused and pleading for help.

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Attorney Garo Mardirossian holds a visual summary of Kelly Thomas’ last words. (Source: KTLA)

Attorney Garo Mardirossian holds a visual summary of Kelly Thomas’ last words. (Source: KTLA)

 

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