Fullerton Officer Pleads Not Guilty To Charges In Death Of Homeless Man

FULLERTON (CBS) — A 37-year-old Fullerton police officer pleaded not guilty Monday morning to homicide charges in the death of a schizophrenic homeless man.

A judge also rejected Officer Manuel Ramos’ bid to lower his $1 million bail.

Ramos was charged last week with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the death of Kelly Thomas, 37, who died after a violent confrontation with six officers responding to reports of car burglaries at the Fullerton Transportation Center on July 5.

KNX 1070’s Jon Baird reports.

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas announced the felony charges Thursday. The other four officers involved in Thomas’s arrest will not face criminal charges. All six officers are on administrative leave.

Ramos turned himself in after the charges were announced and appeared in a downtown Santa Ana courtroom that afternoon.

Orange County Superior Court Judge Erick Larsh set bail at $1 million for Ramos and ordered him to surrender his

Rackauckas said Ramos, a 10-year Fullerton Police Department veteran, faces up to 15 years to life in prison if convicted.

  • swhitS

    NOT ENOUGH! A man is dead, if he were a civilian he would be fried. No special treatment for cops.

  • Christina39

    That’s a very light sentence for what he did.


    let me on his jury and he will walk this is bull he did NOTHING WRONG

    • wgaf

      And, there is the problem, puS$y dumbf**ks like you on a jury that that appear to need whiny overpaid aS$wipe cops everyday and think they won’t come if you puS$ies convict,. Grow a pair, dumbaS$.

    • Paul

      He did nothing wrong??? I think you are posting under the wrong story? Wow- I cant beleive that people actually think that homless people are pieces of garbage0 shame on yoi

    • Rick

      The HIPPO officer raised his fists in front of Thomas and threatened him before the attack. That would amount to a PREMEDITATED ATTACK & not self defense!! If you were on the Jury, listened to the evidence and followed the Jury instructions you would not just let him walk, trust me!! It would be a travesty!!
      I also have to wonder. What if a bunch of white cops killed a hispanic/unarmed homeless man? I know one thing for sure, the story would be that much bigger.

    • uhoh

      Why do people respond to people like ANOYED? All he is looking for is attention. He wouldn’t bust a grape in a fruit fight. I am going to ask you all to be the bigger person next time and don’t feed the trolls.

    • norma

      Kelly was someone i knew WELL and i can tell you he was very agressive i was not there the night this happen but i know kelly enough to know he likely brought this on him self if im called to testify on this case and i might be i will defend the poice totally

      • Tom

        Norma- How can one homless man bring in on himself? Did he pay Ramos to kill him? Did he anger Ramos so bad and do nothing until Ramos got so mad he killed him? NOTHING justifieshim killing him and in a slow brutal manner- Very sick

  • Hollywood Reporter

    This guy is a gangster, just with a badge and uniform still preying on the public.

  • Dorothy Garnett

    After the fact investigaqtion as usual! Why were the officers hired with “violence in their background” not being checked out! We are subjected to pre-employement drug tests, after employment “pop” investigations into our past and present lives in mundane jobs; (I was a word-processor and had to go through it!) How did THEY get jobs with guns and with “violence in the background”? Who looked the other way? Check THAT guy out. He or she is just as guilty of negligence and killing the innocent as these two officers!!

  • kalvi

    don’t under stand why the hispanic cop is the only one facing murder charges.

  • Deep Impact

    The Fullerton Police Department is out of control. Their officers don’t speak English and their cars are electric. My wet nose is being met with furious jungle heat. One day, I will be president and make you all give peanuts to derby hats.

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