Fullerton officer charged in homeless man's death posts $1 million bail

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Fullerton police officer Manuel Ramos was charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter for the death of Kelly Thomas, a schizophrenic homeless man who died after altercation with several police officers.

Officials say a Fullerton police officer charged with killing the mentally ill and homeless Kelly Thomas has posted his $1 million bail and was released from jail.

Supporters of officer Manuel Ramos raised the money necessary to cover the large bail amount.

Attorney John Barnett told the Orange County Register that 37-year-old Ramos left jail early Thursday.

Ramos has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the July 5 death of 37-year-old Kelly Thomas during a violent arrest at the Fullerton Transportation Center.

The 10-year department veteran is due in court on Nov. 4 for a pre-trial hearing.

Fellow officer Cpl. Jay Cicinelli has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter and excessive use of force. He was released earlier on $25,000 bail.

Audio: KPCC's Stephanie O'Neill reports on the Fullerton officer posting bail.

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