You may remember the case in Fullerton, California where police officers beat a schizophrenic homeless man to death. Surprisingly, the two officers have actually been charged in the case.
Prosecutors charged officer Manuel Ramos with second-degree murder on Wednesday, saying he initiated the lethal beating of Kelly Thomas with the words, “My fists … are getting ready to f— you up.” They accused a second officer, Cpl. Jay Cicinelli, with shocking and beating Thomas with his Taser and charged him with involuntary manslaughter.
Ramos is scheduled to enter a plea on Monday and is being held in lieu of $1 million bail. He was being kept in isolation at the jail because of death threats, the high-profile nature of the case and his status as a police officer, Sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino said.
Cicinelli pleaded not guilty on Wednesday and was released on $25,000 bail.
Whether they can convict them is another matter. Juries tend not to convict police officers, no matter how obviously guilty they may be.