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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