2nd independent review focuses on actions of officers in Kelly Thomas case

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An independent investigator has completed his review of Fullerton police actions in the death of a mentally ill homeless man. The report is number two of three involving the beating death of 37-year-old Kelly Thomas.

Independent consultant Mike Gennaco’s second report focuses on the actions of the officers involved in the Kelly Thomas incident.

Fullerton City Attorney Richard Jones says that because the review deals with personnel issues, it’s not clear whether it will be made public. Acting Police Chief Dan Hughes will “prepare appropriate notices to affected members of the police department," according to Jones.

Gennaco’s first report looked at questions raised by the public about what happened to Thomas. He found that the police had not tried to deceive the community about what happened, but added that police need to update their policies governing the release of certain types of information.

The third report will involve a more thorough examination of the Fullerton Police Department’s overall policies and procedures.

Kelly Thomas was confronted at the Fullerton Transportation Center last July by police officers who suspected him of burglarizing cars.

As police attempted to arrest him, Thomas was severely beaten — abuse that was caught on a cell phone recording. He died from his injuries five days later.

The Orange County district attorney’s office has charged Officer Manuel Ramos with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter and Corporal Jay Cicinelli with involuntary manslaughter and use of excessive force.

Both officers have pleaded not guilty to the charges. They face a preliminary hearing next Monday.

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