Paul Detrick on Cellphone Justice and the Killing of Kelly Thomas


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.