Congratulations to the Fullerton Police officers for beating the 'murder-2' rap today

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  1. Phan Neepack

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    Ridding our streets of unarmed mentally-ill transients can often be a lonely, thankless job ... Cheers :hat:


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    Kelly Thomas trial: 'Not guilty' verdicts a blow to D.A.


    Two former Fullerton police officers accused of beating a homeless man to death in a crowded bus depot were found not guilty on all charges Monday, ending a case prosecutors said offered jurors an opportunity to send the public a "message."

    Both Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli lowered their heads as the verdicts were read. The family of the homeless man, Kelly Thomas, sobbed as the court clerk read the "not guilty" verdicts.
    The verdict comes after three weeks of testimony but only one full day of jury deliberation.

    The 2011 altercation in Fullerton was captured on a grainy black-and-white surveillance tape, which became the centerpiece of the prosecution’s case.
    The tape, or portions of it, were played repeatedly for jurors. During closing arguments, Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas simply played the audio portion of the tape in which Thomas can be heard yelling for help.
    While Rackauckas said the tape gave jurors a real-time sense of a homicide taking place, defense attorneys said the video actually showed that Thomas was the aggressor, fighting the officers so fiercely that they had to call for backup several times.
    Defense attorneys said their clients should not be convicted for simply doing their jobs. Ramos' attorney, John Barnett, told reporters: "These peace officers were doing their jobs... They did what they were trained to do."

    It was a rare case for law-and-order Orange Count,y and the district attorney staked his reputation to the outcome.

    Rackauckas accused the two officers of killing Thomas during what appeared to begin as a routine police encounter in a bustling bus depot on a warm July night.
    Ramos was charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter and Cicinelli with involuntary manslaughter and excessive force. Rackauckas said prosecutors would not pursue charges against a third officer accused in the case. That officer's trial was pending.


    Thomas’ death led to political upheaval in the college town, with street protests, raucous council meetings, the sudden departure of the city’s police chief and the successful recall of several City Council members. Thomas’ father and mother sat through most of the trial.


    During the trial, Rackauckas continually circled back to a place in the video that he said was the tipping point between acceptable police conduct and criminal behavior.
    In the sequence, Ramos is captured slipping on a pair of latex gloves and telling Thomas – shirtless and sitting on a street curb – “Now you see my fists? They’re getting ready to f**k you up.” Thomas replies, “Start punching, dude.”

    Rackauckas said the officers was telling Thomas to get ready for “a beating.”



    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/...rdicts-20140113,0,5336980.story#ixzz2qL7YKk7C



     
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    When will U morons learn to not fuck with the police? :coffee:
     
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    Good. Serves him right. :dave:
     
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    A tard on drugs is asking for it :coffee:
     
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    Send those two after the hippie potheads in San Diego with effeminate dogs next.
     
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    Those nightsticks can hurt a little
     
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    I am not a hippie and my dog is not effeminate.
     
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    does your dog take it in the pooper Dave? :giggle:
     
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    What?!! :wtf:


    What in the fuck is wrong with your broken brain? :fil:
     
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    That homeless loon was probably a pain in the ass. :fil:
     
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    No, not at all. Everyone would absolutely love having this in their neighborhood.

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    He was Schizophrenic, and had been kicked out of his fathers home numerous times
     
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    Dad=:dancin:
     
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    The cops did beat the living shit out of him


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    Case closed.