USA – Santa Ana, California: 2 cops charged in fatal beating (2011-09-22)

Published on September 22 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Report combining many of the worst elements of the taser death: “mentally ill homeless man who was pummeled, shocked with a Taser and slammed with the butt of a stun gun in a beating that lasted nearly 10 minutes … A review of the evidence, including surveillance video, showed Thomas was acting “in self-defense, in pain and in a state of panic,” Rackauckas said. “His numerous pleas of ‘I’m sorry,’ ‘I can’t breathe,’ ‘Help, dad’ (were) all to no avail. Screams, loud screams, didn’t help,” the prosecutor said.” At least for opnce the police arebeing charged with manslaughter …]]

Video shows unarmed homeless man pleading, California authorities say

Associated Press

SANTA ANA, Calif. — Prosecutors charged one police officer with murder and another with manslaughter Wednesday in the killing of an unarmed, mentally ill homeless man who was pummeled, shocked with a Taser and slammed with the butt of a stun gun in a beating that lasted nearly 10 minutes.

Fullerton Officer Manuel Ramos was charged with one count each of second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the death of 37-year-old Kelly Thomas after a violent confrontation with officers on July 5, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said at a news conference. Police Cpl. Jay Cicinelli was charged with one count each of involuntary manslaughter and excessive force.

A review of the evidence, including surveillance video, showed Thomas was acting “in self-defense, in pain and in a state of panic,” Rackauckas said. “His numerous pleas of ‘I’m sorry,’ ‘I can’t breathe,’ ‘Help, dad’ (were) all to no avail. Screams, loud screams, didn’t help,” the prosecutor said.

Cicinelli pleaded not guilty Wednesday during his initial court appearance. He posted $25,000 bail and was scheduled to return to court in November. Ramos did not enter a plea and was being held on $1 million bail. His arraignment was set for Monday.

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