Paul Detrick on Cellphone Justice and the Killing of Kelly Thomas

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On January 14, 2014, Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli, two former police officers in Fullerton, California, were acquitted of manslaughter and second-degree murder charges in the death of Kelly Thomas, a 37-year-old schizophrenic drifter. The two cops brutally beat Thomas at a municipal bus station on July 5, 2011. He died in the hospital five days later, after falling into a coma. Paul Detrick highlights that the only reason the trial ever happened was due to a fairly recent innovation: cellphone cameras. 

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