Crime & Justice

Kelly Thomas Trial: Fullerton officers won't get their jobs back

FILE - This combo made from file photos provided by the Orange County District Attorney's office shows former Fullerton Police Officers Jay Cicinelli, left, and Manuel Ramos.  It’s been more than two years since his son died in a violent confrontation with police, but Ron Thomas still can’t shake the echoes of that night. A surveillance camera that captured the incident recorded 37-year-old Kelly Thomas calling for his father nearly 30 times. As the minutes tick by, Thomas’ desperate screams for his father trail off into groans of “Daddy” and then stop altogether as he loses consciousness. Ron Thomas was nowhere near the scene that night as six officers kneed, shocked and pinned his son down in a nearly 10-minute brawl, but he has stood by him ever since, championing a call for justice that heads to court Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, for two of the six officers involved. (AP Photo/Orange County District Attorney, File)
FILE - This combo made from file photos provided by the Orange County District Attorney's office shows former Fullerton Police Officers Jay Cicinelli, left, and Manuel Ramos. It’s been more than two years since his son died in a violent confrontation with police, but Ron Thomas still can’t shake the echoes of that night. A surveillance camera that captured the incident recorded 37-year-old Kelly Thomas calling for his father nearly 30 times. As the minutes tick by, Thomas’ desperate screams for his father trail off into groans of “Daddy” and then stop altogether as he loses consciousness. Ron Thomas was nowhere near the scene that night as six officers kneed, shocked and pinned his son down in a nearly 10-minute brawl, but he has stood by him ever since, championing a call for justice that heads to court Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, for two of the six officers involved. (AP Photo/Orange County District Attorney, File)
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Fullerton Police Chief Dan Hughes said Tuesday that the two former officers acquitted in the death of Kelly Thomas will not get their jobs back. 

A jury of 8 women and 4 men found ex-Fullerton police officers Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli not guilty on four counts related to the beating of Thomas, a mentally-ill transient. Thomas died five days after a physical altercation on July 5, 2011, with Ramos, Cicinelli, Joe Wolfe and three other Fullerton police officers.

In a press release Tuesday, Hughes reinstated his decision to let the officers go: 

In response to one of the former officers alleging that he was wrongfully terminated and wanting his job back, Chief Hughes said that he stands behind his employment decision and intends to vigorously defend that decision in every step of the grievance process.

Chief Hughes also said Tuesday that he's met with FBI investigators and will cooperate with the investigation.