California Police Officers Face Murder And Manslaugher Charges For Brutal, Fatal Beating Of Homeless Man (With Video)
The video was shown in court during a hearing to determine whether Fullerton police officers Manuel Ramos and Cpl. Jay Patrick Cicinelli should stand trial in the death of the 37-year-old Thomas, reports CBS Los Angeles.
Ramos was responding to a call of a car break-in and found Thomas walking near the scene of the crime. He began questioning the homeless man and called for back-up.
“Put your hands on your (expletive) knees…put your feet out in front of you,” Ramos could be seen telling Thomas in the video.
“Well, which one is it, dude?” Thomas said.
“Both,” Ramos responded.
“I can’t do both,” Thomas retorted.
“Well, you’re gonna have to learn real quick,” Ramos told him.
According to audio captured on an officer’s tape recorder, the situation quickly escalated.
Ramos and Officer Joseph Wolfe questioned Thomas about someone else’s mail in his backpack.
After a few orders, Ramos told Thomas with an expletive how he’s going to use his fists on him. The two exchange expletives, Thomas gets up and the batons come out.
“Get on the ground,” an officer yelled.
The courtroom audience gasped at what they saw next – officers began swinging their batons at Thomas and piling on top of him.
Thomas could be heard apologizing to officers – “OK, I’m sorry.”
After repeatedly ordering Thomas to put his hands behind his back another officer knees Thomas.
“OK man, I can’t breathe,” Thomas said.
Minutes later, Cicinelli ordered Thomas to stop resisting. Then he used his Taser on Thomas several times.
Thomas could be heard screaming and begging the officers to stop.