Fullerton police officer keeps pension, despite being charged in homeless man's death

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Handcuffed Fullerton police officer Manuel Ramos (R) charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter and Cpl. Jay Cicinelli charged with involuntary manslaughter and use of excessive force for the death of Kelly Thomas, a schizophrenic homeless man who died after altercation with several police officers, during arraignment in Orange County Superior Court on September 21, 2011 in Santa Ana, California.

A Fullerton police officer will continue to receive his $40,000 annual disability pension from the city of Los Angeles, despite being charged in the death of a mentally ill homeless man.

The Los Angeles Times says the board responsible for overseeing fire and police pensions in Los Angeles voted Thursday against launching a review of Jay Cicinelli's disability pension.

Cicinelli lost his left eye when he was shot on duty as a rookie LAPD officer in 1996.

After leaving the LAPD, Cicinelli was hired by the Fullerton Police Department, where he went on to earn $88,544 a year on top of his benefits from L.A.

Cicinelli was one of the six officers involved in a violent struggle in July 2011 with 37-year-old Kelly Thomas, a homeless man with schizophrenia. Thomas died five days after the incident that took place at a bus depot in Fullerton.

Officer Cicinelli came to the attention of the Los Angeles Fire and Police Pensions staff over the summer when his name surfaced in news reports in connection to the altercation, the Times reports.

Cicinelli and Fullerton police officer Manuel Ramos have pleaded not guilty in the death of Thomas. Ramos was charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. Four other officers involved in the case were not charged.

The Associated Press contributed to this story

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