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Kelly Thomas' Alleged Attacker Trying to Get Charges Dropped

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Attorneys for one of the two policeman accused of causing Kelly Thomas' death will attempt to get the charges dropped, reports City News Service.

Manuel Ramos is charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter for his role in the July 5, 2011 beating of Kelly, which ultimately led to Thomas' death. Ramos, along with six other police officers, allegedly pummeled Thomas, tased him and stomped on him as he screamed for help.

Just before the beating, Ramos is accused of holding up his fists and telling Kelly that he was going to "eff him up," frightening Thomas and causing him to run.

But Ramos' lawyers say that Thomas was never frightened, and that in fact his actions led directly to his beating. They insist, then, that Ramos is innocent.