- - Wednesday, September 21, 2011

CALIFORNIA

Police officer charged with murder

SANTA ANA — A police officer has been charged with murder in the death of a mentally ill homeless man in Southern California who was beaten and repeatedly shocked with a stun gun during his arrest, a defense attorney said Wednesday.

Attorney John Barnett said his client, Fullerton police Officer Manuel Ramos, surrendered to authorities and was being charged with second-degree murder.

The Orange County district attorney’s office announced the charge in the death of Kelly Thomas, 37, after a violent confrontation July 5 with officers.

Six officers were placed on paid administrative leave after the incident, which occurred while police were investigating reported vehicle break-ins at a transit hub.

Mr. Thomas suffered severe head and neck injuries and was taken off life support five days later.

MICHIGAN

ATF: Car bomb behind blast that injured 3

MONROE — A car bomb caused a powerful explosion on a Michigan street that seriously injured a father and his two sons, who are “very fortunate” to have survived the attack, a federal official said Wednesday. The blast turned their vehicle into a blackened hunk of metal,

Investigators were poring over what remained of the vehicle after the Tuesday evening blast, looking for clues about how the bomb was made and who might have planted it, said Donald Dawkins, a spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Among the things investigators are trying to determine is whether one of the victims was targeted or the attack was random, Mr. Dawkins said. The vehicle exploded on a tree-lined street under a highway in Monroe, which is about 35 miles southwest of Detroit.

Authorities declined to publicly identify the victims, but said they were in serious condition at St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio.

MISSISSIPPI

Teen charged with capital murder, hate crime

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