Police killers go free in Southern California

Social Action 2014

Michael Brown reports from Southern California on the outrageous acquittal of two killer cops–and the bitter response of people demanding justice for police atrocities.


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“THEY DID what they were trained to do,” said attorney John Barnett, who represented ex-Fullerton, Calif., police officer Manuel Ramos, one of two cops acquitted of all charges in the July 2011 death of Kelly Thomas, a homeless, schizophrenic man whose savage beating by the two officers was caught on videotape.

The 39-year-old Ramos faced not only involuntary manslaughter, but the more severe charge of second-degree murder–the first time ever that an Orange County police officer was charged with murder for an on-duty action. His co-defendant, 41-year-old Jay Cicinelli, also an ex-officer, was found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter and use of excessive force.

After the verdict was announced, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas announced he would drop the case against a third…

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