I just posted a video from ReasonTV about this, and now, the Orange County District Attorney has announced he is charging two officers in the death of homeless man Kelly Thomas.
2:01 p.m. Breaking: Officer Manuel Ramos Charged With Second Degree Murder in Death of Kelly Thomas. According to the AP, “Fullerton police Officer Manuel Ramos surrendered to authorities Wednesday and was being charged with second-degree murder.”
2:04 p.m. VoiceofOC tweets: Two #Fullerton police officers have been charged with the violent confrontation with Kelly Thomas.
2:05 p.m. Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas is speaking. “The public has been crying out for justice for Kelly Thomas.”
“We must do everything we can to protect this trust. Including, when necessary, prosecuting police officers who break the law.”
[Rackauckas's office has interviewed 151 people since July 7.]
I’m charging Officer Manuel Ramos with one felony account for second degree murder and one felony count of felony manslaughter. If convicted he could do 15 year or more in prison.
Jay Cicinelli faces one felony count of manslaughter and one felony count of excessive force. Could face four years in prison.
It’s important to note that these charges might not have been filed had there not been someone nearby with the clarity of thought to realize the need to record what was going on.