Parents condemn acquittal in Kelly Thomas trial
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- The parents of a homeless man who died after a violent struggle with Fullerton police have condemned the acquittal of two officers.
An Orange County jury on Monday found Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli not guilty of all charges -- including manslaughter -- in the 2011 death of Kelly Thomas. A surveillance video showed police pummeling and stun-gunning him.
Ron and Cathy Thomas told reporters that the verdict effectively tells police officers that they can kill people and get away with it.
Ron Thomas says the couple are "all torn up" by the verdict.
Thomas, who has sued the officers, says he hopes federal officials will also sue for civil rights violations.
Meanwhile, Fullerton Police Chief Dan Hughes urged people to be respectful in expressing their feelings about the verdict.