Officer Involved in Thomas Beating Arrested on Domestic Violence Charges

Manuel Ramos, a former Fullerton police officer who was acquitted of felony charges in the beating death of mentally ill transient Kelly Thomas, was arrested last month for domestic violence, according to KABC.

The television news report said Ramos, 41, was arrested July 16 in Fullerton and booked on charges of misdemeanor domestic violence after allegedly assaulting a woman at a home. He posted $10,000 bail and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office is investigating the case.

Ramos and former Fullerton police Cpl. Jay Cicinelli were acquitted by a jury in January 2014 of felony changes in the July 2011 beating death of Thomas. Ramos had been charged with second degree murder and involuntary manslaughter.

Voice of OC reported last week that the internal affairs investigation into Thomas’ death determined Ramos, Cicinelli and a third officer, Joseph Wolfe, violated a series of department policies, including use of force, in the beating.

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  • OCservant_Leader

    Why the delay in reporting his arrest?

  • Paul Lucas

    What is the current state of his case ow for this offense? is it really only misdemeanor domestic violence? The rate of domestic violence among LEOs is massive. That is why some years ago the police unions opposed legislation to remove 2nd amendment rights for domestic violence convictions and also if a person is using some sort of benzo like xanax, lunesta, etc. Because a ton of LEOs are on these medications. Like a shocking percentage of officers are on benzos.

    • Tony Dziabuda

      I’d say it’s more likely attributed to steroid use.

  • RyanCantor

    I’m so surprised! There was no evidence this guy was a ticking time bomb.

    Said absolutely no one.

  • David Zenger

    That was covered up pretty good. For a while.