Where’s the Justice for Kelly Thomas

Asphyxiation caused by mechanical compression of the thorax – that was the cause of death identified by the Orange County coroner’s office of Kelly Thomas, a 37-year-old, homeless and diagnosed with schizophrenia. But the true cause of death were the actions of Jay Cicinelli, Kenton Hampton, Manny Ramos, Joe Wolfe, James Blatney, and a sixth person – all employed at the Fullerton police outfit.

In September 21st, 2011 charges were levied against Ramos and Cicinelli. Ramos became the first police employee in Orange County to ever be charged with murder when on the job. In early December, 2013, trial finally started for the pair. (Joseph Wolfe, who was also charged, is to have his own trial. No one else involved was ever charged.) On January 13th, 2014 Ramos and Cicinelli were said to be “not guilty.” Such is the accountability afforded by the criminals justice system, which only underscores even more, the need for us to liberate ourselves from those coercive monopolies that incentivize and rationalize such incidents.





Pete Eyre

Pete Eyre is co-founder of CopBlock.org. As an advocate of peaceful, consensual interactions, he seeks to inject a message of complete liberty and self-government into the conversation of police accountability. Eyre went to undergrad and grad school for law enforcement, then spent time in DC as an intern at the Cato Institute, a Koch Fellow at the Drug Policy Alliance, Directer of Campus Outreach at the Institute for Humane Studies, Crasher-in-Chief at Bureaucrash, and as a contractor for the Future of Freedom Foundation. In 2009 he left the belly of the beast and hit the road with Motorhome Diaries and later co-founded Liberty On Tour. He spent time in New Hampshire home, and was involved with Free Keene, the Free State Project and The Daily Decrypt.