Officer Acquitted in Fatal Kelly Thomas Beating Wants His Job Back; Supporters of Thomas Family Respond

On January 14, 2014, former Fullerton Police Department officers, Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli were acquitted of charges in the July 2011 fatal beating of Kelly Thomas, a 37-year-old schizophrenic drifter. Although the not guilty verdict was a shock to supporters of the Thomas family what may have stung even more were Cicinelli’s statements to the Orange County Register--saying he would seek his job back with the Fullerton Police Department.

"I was wrongfully terminated,” said Cicinelli to the paper, Jan. 14. “How do you argue with a jury of 12 who all agree on the same thing?" Cicinelli was charged with involuntary manslaughter and excessive force.

Residents and supporters showed up at Fullerton’s city council meeting January 21 to let let city council members know how they felt about Cicinelli’s rehiring.

"I really, really urge the five of you to definitely not let Cicinelli back here. He’s just not wanted here, his damage has been done," said one resident to the city council.

Although Police Chief Dan Hughes has said publicly multiple times that he will fight to to keep Cicinelli from regaining employment with the department, the decision is not left up to him. First, Cicinelli will have to make his case to an arbitrator who would make a recommendation to the city. City council members would then vote on whether to rehire him. If the arbitration process falls apart, Cicinelli said he may take legal action.

Cicinelli has a strong case for wrongful termination. His training officer, Cpl. Stephen Rubio, testified during the trial that Cicinelli’s actions on July 5, 2011, at the municipal bus depot with Thomas abided by the Fullerton Police Department’s policy.

Chief Hughes pointed out reforms he made to the department that were recommended by Michael Gennaco of the Los Angeles Office of Independent Review. Hughes admitted he did not implement each one of the 59 recommendations.

"Any police officer who betrays the oath they’ve made to this department and betrays the oath that they’ve made to this badge and what this badge represents, I will do everything in my lawful authority to ensure that they never have the privilege of wearing this badge again,” said Chief Hughes to the city council.

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Produced by Paul Detrick.

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  • JulesE||

    Sadly, how can you argue with his reasoning?
    The democracy is supreme, the mob will rule and 12 members of said mob found him not guilty so how can anyone argue against it?

    So another tax feeding parasite will continue syphoning income from the productive class with his solid immunity to prosecution of murder regardless of things like 'facts' and 'morals' and 'evindence' intact.

    The punitive caste can rest easy knowing that one of their own is safe from the law. Disgusting.

  • SQRLSY One||

    Scienfoology Song… GAWD = Government Almighty’s Wrath Delivers

    Government loves me, This I know,
    For the Government tells me so,
    Little ones to GAWD belong,
    We are weak, but GAWD is strong!
    Yes, Guv-Mint loves me!
    Yes, Guv-Mint loves me!
    Yes, Guv-Mint loves me!
    My Nannies tell me so!

    GAWD does love me, yes indeed,
    Keeps me safe, and gives me feed,
    Shelters me from bad drugs and weed,
    And gives me all that I might need!
    Yes, Guv-Mint loves me!
    Yes, Guv-Mint loves me!
    Yes, Guv-Mint loves me!
    My Nannies tell me so!

    DEA, CIA, KGB,
    Our protectors, they will be,
    FBI, TSA, and FDA,
    With us, astride us, in every way!
    Yes, Guv-Mint loves me!
    Yes, Guv-Mint loves me!
    Yes, Guv-Mint loves me!
    My Nannies tell me so!

  • Mr.Krinkle||

    Many of us see law enforcement as an extension of ourselves. Since we can't personally do it, but would LOVE to be able to, we fully support LEOs who can punish people who use drugs, wear saggy pants, play loud music, don't wear their seat belt, visit prostitutes, hold unpopular opinions, on and on.

    And when our vicarious arms of our law go too far? Well, we can't say they were wrong. If we say they were wrong, that means we could be wrong. And that's just too uncomfortable.

  • croaker||

    Sure, take him back. Put him in plainclothes: Dress him as a leatherboy and send him to patrol gay bars.

  • TimothyZ||

    One wonders if that entered in to the jury's calculus of whether to convict them. The harsh conditions extant for a corrupt ex-cop in prison. One has to wonder.

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