Written by Art Pedroza and published in the New Fullerton
Inside a packed, tense Santa Ana courtroom, former Fullerton Police officers Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli have been found not guilty of murdering Kelly Thomas, the homeless Fullerton resident who died after being brutally beaten by Ramos, Cicinelli, and several other officers in July 2011, according to the OC Weekly .
How the jury reached such a stupid verdict is simply impossible to comprehend. Just watch the security video atop this post and tell me how in the world what those Fullerton cops did to Kelly Thomas, when they literally beat him to a pulp, wasn’t murder?
Fullerton Mayor Doug Chaffee reacted to the verdict by stating that “Over the course of the past two and a half years the City of Fullerton has taken the initiative to implement reforms to our police department so it can provide the best possible service to our community.”
But is the Fullerton Police Department truly reformed? How in the world will anyone ever trust any of them ever again?
How did the Fullerton Police Department deal with the Kelly Thomas trial? By inviting residents to attend a “Citizens Academy” where “residents curious about the policies of their police department have a place to go.”
“It’s a great opportunity for residents to understand why we do things the way we do,” said Sgt. Jeff Stuart. “It allows people to see exactly what goes on during any given situation and what goes into our decision-making.”
Oh we saw what you cops did in the Kelly Thomas situation and we saw the results of your decision-making!
The Fullerton Police Department owes the entire community an apology but don’t expect to see one on their Facebook Page or their blog. All you will find on those sites is pro-cop propaganda.
Art Pedroza publishes numerous blogs in Orange County and is a member of the Libertarian Party of Orange County’s Executive Committee.