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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 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 16, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores and Abby Sewell
Fullerton's chief of police said he would fight an appeal from one of the officers acquitted in the death of Kelly Thomas to get his job back. Jay Cicinelli was fired after being charged by Orange County prosecutors with involuntary manslaughter and excessive force in the 2011 death of the mentally ill homeless man. His co-defendant Manuel Ramos, also a former Fullerton police officer, was charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter....
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January 16, 2014 | By Paul Pringle and Jack Leonard
Los Angeles city building inspectors launched an investigation Thursday into whether county Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas has an illegally converted garage at his Leimert Park home, where government employees recently performed thousands of dollars worth of work. The Los Angeles Building and Safety Department opened the probe less than a day after The Times reported that county crews installed a security system, drywall, an air conditioner and other appliances in Ridley-Thomas' detached garage.
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January 15, 2014 | By Jack Leonard and Paul Pringle
Government employees performed work on the garage of Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas' private home, installing drywall, an air conditioner, appliances and a security system, according to sources familiar with the job. The detached garage at Ridley-Thomas' Leimert Park residence appeared to have been converted into an office with a restroom sometime before the county work was done, said a source familiar with the property, who...
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January 15, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
Not even Orange County's top prosecutor himself could say with any certainty Tuesday whether the acquittal of two former police officers in a widely watched case will damage his political career or tarnish his legacy. Tony Rackauckas, who tried former officers Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli himself, stuck to his position that the Kelly Thomas case deserved to be brought before a jury. Still, the man who has been Orange County's district attorney for more than 15 years allowed that there could be political damage.
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January 15, 2014 | By Howard Blume
A senior aide to an L.A. County supervisor has joined the race for an open seat on the Los Angeles Board of Education. Alex M. Johnson, 33, is the assistant senior deputy for education and public safety for Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. “I believe that the children in our community have been left behind by a school system that has failed to address their needs,” Johnson said Wednesday, in confirming his bid. The supervisor's aide was widely expected to enter the increasingly crowded field as the preferred candidate of Ridley-Thomas.
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January 14, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
About a dozen people held signs near Pershing Square in Los Angeles on Tuesday evening during a protest over the acquittal of two former Fullerton police officers in the beating death of homeless man Kelly Thomas. The Answer L.A. civil rights group called for the emergency protest a day after former officers Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli were found not guilty of multiple charges filed in Orange County.  "When one of us kills, we spend the rest of our lives in prison," protester Doug Kauffman said.
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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.
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January 13, 2014
Join Times reporters Adolfo Flores and Paloma Esquivel at 9 a.m. Tuesday for a discussion about the verdict in the Kelly Thomas case. The three-week trial ended quickly and decisively Monday with
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January 13, 2014 | By Emily Foxhall
Dozens of people gathered Monday night at the Fullerton transit depot not far from where Kelly Thomas was beaten by police in the summer of 2011. The demonstrators, some of whom chanted or carried candles, gathered just a few hours after an Orange County jury found two former Fullerton police officers not guilty in the death of the homeless man who used to sleep on benches at the transit center. Curtis Gamble, 53, who is homeless, said many of his friends witnessed the beating.
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