May 9, 2012

Kelly Thomas
 Almost two weeks ago we observed the 20th anniversary of the L.A. riots. Riots, which were started because of an infamous videotape of cops beating the hell out of a motorist who would be later identified as Rodney King.

Now fast forward to 2012 and you will find another videotape of cops beating a man, but this time the beating doesn't result in a riot but rather a death.  A death of a mentally ill, homelss man by the name of Kelly Thomas.

Here is how CNN is reporting the disturbing story:

A graphic video played at a hearing Monday to determine whether two California police officers should stand trial in the beating death of a homeless man showed them kicking and punching the mentally ill man as he lay on the ground -- screaming in pain and begging for help.

The victim, Kelly Thomas, died five days after the beating on July 5.

Manuel Ramos, a 10-year veteran of the Fullerton, California, police department, is charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter, while Cpl. Jay Patrick Cicinelli faces charges of involuntary manslaughter and felony use of excessive force in the same case.

Both have pleaded not guilty.
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