Officer Manuel Ramos pleads innocent in Kelly Thomas beating death
Matt Gratz, Political Fail Blog
A Fullerton California police officer who is being charged with the murder of a schizophrenic homeless man has pleaded innocent today even with the staggering amount of evidence against him. Officer Manuel Ramos claims that he is not responsible for the death of a man who he beat unconscious back in July.
The judge refused to lower Ramos’ $1 million bail, as he is being charged with the second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter of 37 year old Kelly Thomas. Corporal Jay Cicinelli, who was charged with involuntary manslaughter and excessive use of force in the same incident, pleaded not guilty last week and was set free on $25,000 bail.
The victim’s father spoke out against the decision to set free the murderous cops saying, “Please do not reduce the bail, I’m in fear for my life.”
Thomas also expressed concerns that the police, once bailed out by the police union, would be a flight risk.
“I would consider him a flight risk. With the police officers’ union posting his bail, he would think nothing of fleeing and not coming back,” Thomas said in court.
The judge has ordered both officers back to court on November 4 for a pretrial hearing.
We have seen police officers get away with murder far too many times. We will achieve some form of Justice for Kelly with or without the legal system.