Update on Kelly Thomas murder

As Ademo posted earlier, two Fullerton PD officers have been charged in the killing of Kelly Thomas. Prosecutors have begrudgingly dealt a couple of charges to appease the angry masses, months after Mr. Thomas’ death.

Officer Manny Ramos was charged with one count of second-degree murder and one count of involuntary manslaughter. It should come as no surprise the murdering scum was not charged with first-degree murder (because clearly, when you engage in a gang-like beating of a mentally ill man with 4 of your friends, you did not intend to kill him). Another officer, Police Cpl. Jay Cicinelli, was charged with one count each of involuntary manslaughter and excessive force.

“The cause of death in this case is mechanical compression of the thorax, making it impossible for Kelly Thomas to breathe normal. In other words, with the chest being compressed, Kelly Thomas was unable to inhale,” District Attorney Tony Rackauckas told reporters. “Over time his brain was deprived of oxygen.” Or how about, he died because he was murdered by the cops? That’s a little more intellectually honest. Even as he (likely against his will) charges these brave men with heinous crimes, Rackaukas still attempts to act as the ultimate police PR machine by describing a gruesome murder as oxygen deprivation.

Because, you know, when people suffer at the hands of police, it’s never because the police did anything wrong; it’s always the result of bizarre external circumstances. For instance, a family that was brutalized by a SWAT operation gone wrong was “inadvertently affected.” Grandfather Eurie Stamps was “struck by a bullet which was discharged from a SWAT officer’s rifle.” Or of course, the good old excuse used time and time again when people die from Taser deaths – the police officer didn’t do it, the Taser did! The victim just had a terrible and unexpected reaction to the Taser!

Local protester, Merijoe, has been to every Saturday protest since July 30 (see her protest sign to the right). She believes the charges were a good start, but are not enough. She believes all officers should have been charged. “We’re all aware of the fact that if Kelly’s dad, Ron,  hadn’t taken those hospital pictures of Kelly and released them to places like the Fullerton’s Future Blog and the Daily Mail in England, which then had John and Ken screaming for days about this horrific murder, it would have been totally swept under the rug,” says Merijoe. She is also angry about the fact that it took 75 days for charges to be brought up, and meanwhile, the 6 officers involved continued to work until August 2nd.

Merijoe feels spokespeople for the FPD continually failed to be forthcoming, and even lied about officers breaking bones when this was not the case. “The fact that all these animals were put on paid leave inflamed us more,” says Merijoe. “Evidently they’re still on this paid leave so tax payers are still on the hook for their salary and they get time accumulated for their pensions.”

Merijoe heard the announcement of the charges on the radio. “I cried especially when DA explained what happened to Kelly that night, a few people were interviewed  after the DA announcement and they were crying.”

“Our work as protesters in Kelly’s army is not done,” says Merijoe, who will continue to be present at the weekly protests. The protesters will be there Saturdays 9-3 in front of FPD, with signs, horn blowing, and the slogan, ” WE WANT JUSTICE AND WE WANT IT NOW!”

The beating and murder of Kelly Thomas has frightened homeless people everywhere in Fullerton. “I heard from a minister to the homeless that they are scared to death they will be the targets of retaliation by the FPD,” says Merijoe. Merijoe also would like to see a push for seminars to educate people, and urges CopBlock to get involved in such efforts. “I’d like to see seminars to advise citizens of their rights so people arent scared of coppers and their big intimidating mouths, so they know they dont have to get out of their cars for no reason just because a cop is demanding it.”

For more background on the Kelly Thomas story see here:

Seig Heil to the Nazis in Fullerton

Still no justice for Kelly Thomas

Merijoe’s Kelly Thomas support page 






Georgia Sand

Georgia (George) Sand is an attorney located in sunny California. She enjoys beer, jogging, the beach, music, and chatting with her cats in her spare time.

  • ED

    Yah, I like how the cops and prosecutors always try to make their violent, murderous actions should boringly inoccuous.

    The English translation for the DA’s muck above is that Kelly was beaten and suffocated to death–murdered–by the cops.

  • ED

    “make their violent, murderous actions should…”????

    Edit to read “…make their violent, murderous actions sound…”

    Stupid computer!!! lol

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  • My condolences to the Thomas family. I am truly sorry for your lost, for I was almost murdered in the same fashion, in the same Orange County California; just four months prior.

    On March 9, 2011 several Police brutally ordered a K-9 to attack an unarmed, California Registered (RN). The California Highway Patrol (CHP) in Orange County then attempted to cover up the incident.

    Malik King, a reportedly Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) since nineteen and RN since twenty three, is said to have initially attempted to steal a car. Later, it was found he was the owner of that Mercedes. What ensued next on the part of several officers goes well beyond the bounds of simply trying to subdue their suspect.

    The several police officers ordered a police K-9 to attack him while he was still fastened in his seat-belt; tasered multiple times while the K-9 attacked for over one minute and thirty seconds, then hand cuffed, slammed to the concrete, hog tied, beat and kicked in the head until unconscious. He was then taken to jail, accused of multiple felonies, and had to pay $50,000 for bail.

    Despite witnesses and the clear brutality of the beating, kicking, tasering, and ordered K-9 attack, California Highway Patrol allowed several officers to remain active and attempted a cover-up.
    Violations of federal law occur when it can be shown that the force used was willfully “unreasonable” or “excessive”. By signing this petition you agree that “unreasonable” or “excessive force” was used on Malik A. King on March 9, 2011 in Orange County, California.

    The beating of Mr. King is sickening and disturbing. The police involved in the beating and cover up must be brought to justice. Tell Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas to thoroughly investigate and prosecute the officers involved in the brutality of Malik A. King,LVN,RN.


    Malik King,LVN,RN


    I have viewed the video of the press conference and also viewed some related video’s on youtube about the situation in an effort to fill in some of the gaps I saw in the press conference. I dont recall the prosecutor saying why the Police were called there to begin with. Why they were there is unimportant considering the outcome and I was just simply trying to get the WHOLE picture. I am going to write a blog about this atrocity and so I am restricting my comments here to responding to the comment posted above. I think the prosecutor presented a detailed account of the events and pointed out exactly when and how this encounter went wrong. He gave the Cause of Death accurately and the accused are being charged based on it. research the statue on Murder and its related Offenses and see for your self if they were charged appropriately.