Managing a situation with a mentally ill person is an extremely difficult task. No one could deny this. Especially a schizophrenic where part of the condition means they have an increased fight or flight reflex, are heightened by anxiety and a belief that they are not safe, and have diminished cognitive capacity.
Part of Law Enforcement training is management of situations with escalated emotions and conditions relating to mental illness due to the reality that people with this condition will come into contact with the police more often than members of the general population. This is due to their profile, living arrangements and fear others have in their apparent erratic behaviour.
So when you see a police officer target Kelly Thomas, a known mentally ill man, bully and threaten him, twirl his baton as he interrogates him on the street, menace him with clenched fists and then call in backup before they systematically beat, taser and kill him, it is a little hard to comprehend. We all know that isn’t how it is supposed to be. Police are there to Serve and Protect us from violence, not deliver it with weapons we as taxpayers have paid for them to carry.
But at least with video evidence, you just know that the offending officers will be fired, charged and convicted, right? Don’t kid yourself. The legal systems of our countries today are about who can put on the best show and who can sell a story that the jury will buy. A smoking gun is no longer a gun, but a prop in a play performed by very expensive liars and fraudsters. So needless to say, with the best legal team the Police Union could buy, these pigs walked away.
Two of the six officers went to trial, the original agitator Manuel Ramos was tried for Second Degree Murder and Involuntary Manslaughter, and Jay Cicinelli, third on the scene, was tried for Involuntary Manslaughter and Excessive Force. A third Officer, Joe Wolfe, had his charges of Involuntary Manslaughter and Excessive Force dropped following the acquittals of Ramos and Cicinelli.
The defence stated that the officers operated within their training in performing an arrest on Kelly Thomas. However, when I watch the video I see an officer ignore his training, deliberately escalate a situation and needlessly menace a known mentally ill and vulnerable citizen. I then see another five officers join in on the action, with blood lust and a power trip motivating their behaviour. This is a stark contrast to the professional training and duty to the public we expect from people provided weapons and set loose on our streets.
To make matters worse, Jay Cicinelli has initiated legal action to get his job back. His statement through his lawyer was that being a police officer is an integral part of his identity.
Wrong, Jay Cicinelli. Being a bully and deriving power for your depraved ego is integral to your identity. You repeatedly smashed the butt of your taser into Kelly Thomas’ face you sick motherfucker. Your future should be nothing brighter than the inside of a prison cell for years and years, followed by the ignominy of guarding a roller door at the back of a Walmart somewhere. Your freedom is an insult to justice, and your attempt to get your job back is proof you have no sensitivity to the family of your victim or the community at large. You are a clueless cunt.
And of course, while these police officers, these thugs, get away with murder, over the border in Canada the founder of BestGore.com, Mark Marek, is awaiting proceedings after being charged for identifying a criminal by posting a video of that criminal’s crime on the internet.
If you believe the killing of Kelly Thomas should be reviewed by Obama and Federal Prosecutors to initiate Federal Proceedings against the officers involved, consider signing the petition by clicking here. It will open a new page and take you to the Kelly Thomas Petition.
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Below you will find a video of the assault on Kelly Thomas, perpetrated by six of Fullerton Police Department’s apparent finest, lead by Ramos, Cicinelli and Wolfe.
Another video of Kelly Thomas being beaten to death filmed at ground level by bystanders:
And here is a gallery of images related to the case.