Preliminary Hearing Underway For Officers Charged With Beating Homeless Man To Death Last Year (VIDEO)

Last July, video emerged featuring the brutal beating of a 37 year old homeless man named Kelly Thomas at the hands of Fullerton police officers.

A picture of Thomas in the hospital after the ordeal left viewers horrified as his entire face appeared bruised and swollen.

Thomas died five days later.

Although six officers took part in the beating death, only two have been charged. Officer Manuel Ramos and Corporal Jay Cicinelli

Ramos was charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. Cicinelli faces an involuntary manslaughter charge and a charge of use of excessive force.

Thomas' father, who already saw the video, was asked outside the courtroom Monday what people can expect. "Get your tissues ready," Ron Thomas said. "It's going to be brutal for you."

In the surveillance video, Officer Manuel Ramos can be seen twirling his baton, asking Kelly Thomas what language he’s speaking. “It seems like every day I talk to you,” Ramos can be heard saying. “Do you enjoy that?”

Thomas says he can’t remember his name, and then is questioned about what he has in his backpack.

Police say they found paperwork belonging to an attorney named Casey Hull in the backpack. The back and forth goes on for some 15 minutes until Officer Ramos puts on latex gloves and orders Thomas to put his feet out:

Thomas appears confused. Ramos: "Now you see my fists?" Thomas: "Yeah, what about ‘em?"
Ramos: "They’re getting ready to 'f' you up."
Thomas: "Start punching dude."

About 30 seconds later, Officer Joseph Wolfe arrives and as Kelly Thomas steps out of view, he is struck with their batons.

The altercation goes on for nearly five minutes. More officers arrive including Cicinelli, who uses his taser.

In what can only be described as heartbreaking especially for his father viewing it, Thomas can be heard screaming for help from his dad during the beating,, "Dad, they are killing me.'' Kelly Thomas

Ultimately, Kelly Thomas died because of the force of the officers' compression on his chest, according to the District Attorney. The pressure made it impossible for Thomas to breathe, according to the DA's report.

In the surveillance video, Thomas can be heard screaming, "I can't breathe."

Both officers pleaded not guilty. The 38-year-old Ramos, a 10-year Fullerton police veteran, is free on $1 million bail, one of the highest ever posted in Orange County. Cicinelli, 42, is free on $25,000 bail.Source
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Comment by SPIN GANG on May 9, 2012 at 3:15am
SMH FOLLOW @BTVGLOBAL AND @HIPHOPSAVIOURS
Comment by randall willan on May 8, 2012 at 5:05pm
BURN FULLERTON CA. TO THE F***** GROUND!!!! IF IT WAS MY CITY I ALREADY WOULDVE STARTED.
Comment by BLACK PYTHON on May 8, 2012 at 2:25pm
F*** THE POLICE KILL ALL BADD COPS
Comment by Joshua Carl Royal on May 8, 2012 at 12:59pm
witnesses are f****** cowards!!! F*** THE POLICE!!!!
Comment by AFGun KinG on May 8, 2012 at 12:39pm
these pigs better get more than a slap on their wrist or lets f-u-c-k the city up
Comment by AFGun KinG on May 8, 2012 at 12:37pm
so if you see this s-h-i-t happening in front of you, and you try to do something about it, you catch a charge and go to jail. this is suppose to be a free democratic country? LMAO . F-U-C-K THE POLICE!!!!
Comment by marcus on May 8, 2012 at 10:47am
them witnesses shoulda done somethin
Comment by Ron O'neal on May 8, 2012 at 10:36am
When I was in highschool I got charged with assaulting an officer because I push him after he hit me with his baton. What was I supose to do, just stand there I get beat up?
Comment by The RULER on May 8, 2012 at 10:07am
im f****** disgusted. i sware to god us goverment better do something cuz ill start killin cops. that simple death penalty, life no parol, or ill f****** kill that pig myself u choose.
Comment by Tom J on May 8, 2012 at 10:04am
WTF happend to that piece of craps eye, i thought you was supposed to look at the camera for your mugshot




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