FULLERTON (CBS) — The Fullerton police officers charged in the beating death of a 37-year-old homeless man appeared in court Friday.

In September, 37-year-old Manuel Ramos pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the death of Kelly Thomas. Jay Cicinelli, 39, also pleaded not guilty to charges of manslaughter and excessive force.

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

He’s being held on $1 million bail.

Thomas died following a violent confrontation with six officers who were responding to reports of car burglaries at the Fullerton Transportation Center on July 5.

All six were placed on unpaid leave, but Ramos and Cicinelli are the only two facing charges.

They were ordered to return to court next month.

Comments (9)
  1. SCDan says:

    This thug Manuel Ramos should serve a life sentence. He abuse the police badge. I know there’s good hard working honest cops with compassion and integrity and do a wonderful job, but this guy and the 5 other fullerton cops just tarnished the confidence and trust from we the people, ugh

  2. Hollywood Reporter says:

    Good Grief this guy looks like a sleazy gang banger hiding behind a badge

  3. tom hanks says:

    there are alot of cops out there, who are a piece of kaka, I think they forget who pays there salary, we pays taxes, and they still abuse there privillage. son pura mierrrrrrrrrrrdddddddddaaaaaaa.

  4. Robert S. says:

    Hard to buy that they would hire a “Thug” to work the streets around L.A…..but wait….That could be the very reason they hired both of them, so they could”Bully” everyone! As far as I am concerned, aminals like these can “rot” in prison for good! Good of the community that is!

  5. LD says:

    Thomas was a Patriot Act summary execution. There was no burglary call.

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