Photos, Videos: Protesters Rally Against Kelly Thomas Verdict
Dozens of people took to the streets of Fullerton tonight to protest the not guilty verdict that was handed down today in the Kelly Thomas trial.
The protesters first gathered at the Fullerton transit depot, close to where Thomas, a mentally-ill homeless man, was beaten to death. From there, the rally moved to the Fullerton Police Department, where protesters shouted "Justice for Kelly Thomas," and "We saw the video," which is in reference to the videotape of the beating that led to Thomas' death. Thomas was rendered comatose by the beating and died in a hospital five days later.
Two Fullerton police officers, Jay Cicinelli and Manuel Ramos, were found not guilty after a three week trial. Ramos was cleared of second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter, and Cicinelli was acquitted of involuntary manslaughter and use of excessive force. In the video, Ramos is heard saying, "Now you see my fists? They're getting ready to fuck you up," and Cicinelli is heard saying, "I fucking beat him probably 20 times in the face with this Taser."
Protesters who gathered at the scene held up signs that carried slogans such as "Honk for justice," "No more killer cops," and "End police brutality."
Thomas' parents, Ron and Cathy, were on hand for the protests.
"To know all of these people are out here still supporting us means a lot," An emotional Cathy Thomas told the L.A. Times. "It seems like everybody we talk to was in agreement: It was murder."