- The Washington Times - Monday, January 13, 2014

Two former California police officers were found not guilty on Monday in the beating death of a homeless man.

It took a single day of deliberations for jurors to acquit former Fullerton Officer Manuel Ramos and former Cpl. Jay Cicinelli in the beating death of Kelly Thomas at a Fullerton transit station in July 2011, NBC 4 Los Angeles reported.

Ramos was acquitted of second-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter charges and Cicinelli was acquitted on charges of involuntary manslaughter and the use of excessive force.

The case made national headlines when footage of the July incident showed the mentally ill Thomas being restrained by six police officers while crying out for his father and begging for air.

Thomas died at a hospital five days later, and a coroner determined the cause was from chest compression during the struggle.

The case led to the recall of three Fullerton City Council members and the departure of the police chief, NBC 4 said.



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