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October 20, 1993
We the unwilling led by the unqualified are doing the impossible for the ungrateful "whiners." RON THOMAS Culver City
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January 21, 2014 | Steve Lopez
It's hard for me to even think about the horrific way in which Kelly Thomas died. I know too many people like him - lost, sick, disoriented souls who, through no fault of their own, have been hit with a disease that puts them in peril. Not guilty, came the verdict last week. The two Fullerton police officers caught on camera viciously beating Thomas in 2011 were acquitted of criminal wrongdoing in his death. Whether you agree or disagree with the jury, there's plenty of guilt to go around.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2014 | By Marisa Gerber
When Tina Kinser showed up at the Fullerton police station Saturday morning, she had a flashback to the summer of 2011. Almost everything seemed the same. The demands for justice blaring out of bullhorns. The people in Guy Fawkes masks holding signs with pictures of her brother's bloodied face. And the way the crowd of protesters swelled so big it spilled onto Commonwealth Avenue. "It looks just like the protest I came to two years ago," said Kinser, the youngest sister of Kelly Thomas, the homeless man with schizophrenia who died after being beaten unconscious by Fullerton police officers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2014 | By Marisa Gerber
When Tina Kinser showed up at the Fullerton police station Saturday morning, she had a flashback to the summer of 2011. Almost everything seemed the same. The demands for justice blaring out of bullhorns. The people in Guy Fawkes masks holding signs with pictures of her brother's bloodied face. And the way the crowd of protesters swelled so big it spilled onto Commonwealth Avenue. "It looks just like the protest I came to two years ago," said Kinser, the youngest sister of Kelly Thomas, the homeless man with schizophrenia who died after being beaten unconscious by Fullerton police officers.
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January 13, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel and Adolfo Flores
As the not-guilty verdicts were read for two former Fullerton police officers, Kelly Thomas' father leaned back in his seat and shook his head. "I just don't get it," Ron Thomas said, moments after an Orange County jury acquitted former police officers Manual Ramos and Jay Cicinelli in the beating of his son, who died five days later. "I've never seen such a miscarriage of justice. " "They got away with murdering my son," Cathy Thomas said. Ramos had been facing second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter charges, and Cicinelli was charged with involuntary manslaughter and excessive use of force under the color of authority.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores and Paloma Esquivel
An Orange County jury Monday found two former Fullerton police officers accused of killing a schizophrenic homeless man, Kelly Thomas, not guilty.  Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli were charged with striking Kelly Thomas with a baton and a stun gun in a beating that left him comatose. He died five days later. [Updated at 4:25 p.m.: Ramos, Cicinelli and their families were swiftly escorted out of the courtroom. PHOTOS: The Kelly Thomas trial Ron Thomas, Kelly Thomas' father, said he was stunned by the verdict, saying he'd never seen such a miscarriage of justice.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores, Paloma Esquivel and Joe Mozingo
Two former Fullerton police officers were found not guilty on all charges Monday afternoon in the death of Kelly Thomas, a schizophrenic man they beat into unconsciousness as he cried out for help on a summer night more than two years ago. The Orange County jury's swift verdict came after just two days of deliberations, ending a case that generated national debate about how police deal with the mentally ill and homeless. Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas staked his name on the prosecution, arguing the case himself in court.
SPORTS
January 28, 1987 | BARBIE LUDOVISE
The label on his warmup shirt reads Creator . But for Ron Thomas, a senior forward at Brea-Olinda High School, basketball season started as anything but a heavenly experience--for him or his teammates. "Ron was never the easiest personality to get along with," said Rick Jones, Brea-Olinda coach. "(In the early season) he would get mad and show a lot of disgust. He'd stomp and yell in a game. But now, he's much more mature as a player and as a human being."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel and Adolfo Flores
After just five and a half days of testimony, Orange County prosecutors on Wednesday rested their case in the trial of two former Fullerton police officers accused of beating and killing a mentally ill homeless man. The centerpiece of the prosecution's case was a surveillance video synced with audio of the violent encounter between Kelly Thomas, who often slept on the streets of Fullerton, and police on the night of July 5, 2011. In it, officers are seen repeatedly wielding batons and using a Taser on Thomas, who is heard screaming for his father and saying, "I can't breathe.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
Challenging the prosecution's claim that a mentally ill homeless man died as a result of a severe police beating, a forensic pathologist told jurors Wednesday that Kelly Thomas succumbed to a weakened heart caused by using meth. Dr. Steven Karch, who studies how drugs affect the heart and cause death, said Thomas suffered from methamphetamine cardiomyopathy, a weakening of the heart caused by drug abuse. The finding contradicts the official coroner's report. Karch was the defense's final witness in the high-profile case, but final arguments are not scheduled until next year because of the approaching holidays.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel, Adolfo Flores and Jack Leonard
Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas took the boldest move in his long career in 2011 when he stepped up to a podium for a news conference and laid out his case against two Fullerton police officers he accused of killing Kelly Thomas. "The public has been crying for justice for Kelly," he said as a television screen next to him flashed the words "TRUTH" and "JUSTICE. " This week's swift decision by a jury to acquit the officers of all charges dealt a blow not just to the family and supporters of Thomas but to the 70-year-old, four-term district attorney who put his reputation on the line by personally trying the case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel and Adolfo Flores
As the not-guilty verdicts were read for two former Fullerton police officers, Kelly Thomas' father leaned back in his seat and shook his head. "I just don't get it," Ron Thomas said, moments after an Orange County jury acquitted former police officers Manual Ramos and Jay Cicinelli in the beating of his son, who died five days later. "I've never seen such a miscarriage of justice. " "They got away with murdering my son," Cathy Thomas said. Ramos had been facing second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter charges, and Cicinelli was charged with involuntary manslaughter and excessive use of force under the color of authority.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores, Paloma Esquivel and Joe Mozingo
Two former Fullerton police officers were found not guilty on all charges Monday afternoon in the death of Kelly Thomas, a schizophrenic man they beat into unconsciousness as he cried out for help on a summer night more than two years ago. The Orange County jury's swift verdict came after just two days of deliberations, ending a case that generated national debate about how police deal with the mentally ill and homeless. Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas staked his name on the prosecution, arguing the case himself in court.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores and Paloma Esquivel
An Orange County jury Monday found two former Fullerton police officers accused of killing a schizophrenic homeless man, Kelly Thomas, not guilty.  Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli were charged with striking Kelly Thomas with a baton and a stun gun in a beating that left him comatose. He died five days later. [Updated at 4:25 p.m.: Ramos, Cicinelli and their families were swiftly escorted out of the courtroom. PHOTOS: The Kelly Thomas trial Ron Thomas, Kelly Thomas' father, said he was stunned by the verdict, saying he'd never seen such a miscarriage of justice.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
Challenging the prosecution's claim that a mentally ill homeless man died as a result of a severe police beating, a forensic pathologist told jurors Wednesday that Kelly Thomas succumbed to a weakened heart caused by using meth. Dr. Steven Karch, who studies how drugs affect the heart and cause death, said Thomas suffered from methamphetamine cardiomyopathy, a weakening of the heart caused by drug abuse. The finding contradicts the official coroner's report. Karch was the defense's final witness in the high-profile case, but final arguments are not scheduled until next year because of the approaching holidays.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel and Adolfo Flores
After just five and a half days of testimony, Orange County prosecutors on Wednesday rested their case in the trial of two former Fullerton police officers accused of beating and killing a mentally ill homeless man. The centerpiece of the prosecution's case was a surveillance video synced with audio of the violent encounter between Kelly Thomas, who often slept on the streets of Fullerton, and police on the night of July 5, 2011. In it, officers are seen repeatedly wielding batons and using a Taser on Thomas, who is heard screaming for his father and saying, "I can't breathe.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2014 | Steve Lopez
It's hard for me to even think about the horrific way in which Kelly Thomas died. I know too many people like him - lost, sick, disoriented souls who, through no fault of their own, have been hit with a disease that puts them in peril. Not guilty, came the verdict last week. The two Fullerton police officers caught on camera viciously beating Thomas in 2011 were acquitted of criminal wrongdoing in his death. Whether you agree or disagree with the jury, there's plenty of guilt to go around.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel, Adolfo Flores and Jack Leonard
Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas took the boldest move in his long career in 2011 when he stepped up to a podium for a news conference and laid out his case against two Fullerton police officers he accused of killing Kelly Thomas. "The public has been crying for justice for Kelly," he said as a television screen next to him flashed the words "TRUTH" and "JUSTICE. " This week's swift decision by a jury to acquit the officers of all charges dealt a blow not just to the family and supporters of Thomas but to the 70-year-old, four-term district attorney who put his reputation on the line by personally trying the case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 2011 | Steve Lopez
When the phone rang at 3:30 a.m., Ron Thomas knew it had to be bad news. "Kelly's been beaten up," his daughter, Christina, tearfully told him. "It looks like he's going to die. " Ron Thomas, a former Orange County sheriff's deputy, had been expecting such a call for years. He had learned some painful lessons as the parent of someone with a serious mental illness. He knew his son's schizophrenia could be controlled at times but that it wasn't going to go away, ever. And he knew that no amount of love for Kelly could save him. When Ron Thomas got to St. Jude Hospital in Fullerton that morning in early July, he was stunned by his son's appearance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 1993
We the unwilling led by the unqualified are doing the impossible for the ungrateful "whiners." RON THOMAS Culver City
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