Officers acquitted in beating death of California homeless man

By Michelle Kapusta,

A jury has acquitted two former Fullerton, Calif. police officers in the beating death of a homeless man.

According to CNN, the verdict was read in a Santa Ana courtroom on Monday where a jury found Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli not guilty.

The two former officers were accused of striking Kelly Thomas with a baton and a stun gun in a beating that left him in a coma. He died five days later.

The Associated Press reported that Ramos was charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter and Jay Cicinelli also with involuntary manslaughter and excessive use of force.

The jury, made up of eight women and four men, started deliberations last Thursday.

Outside the courtroom, Thomas’ parents said they were stunned by the verdict and said the defendants had gotten away with murder.

Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas said prosecutors have decided not to pursue charges against a third Fullerton officer accused in the case. His trial was pending.

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