Massive Uproar After Two Police Officers Found Not Guilty In Beating Death Of Schizophrenic Man

Kelly Thomas cried for help as police beat and tased him until he choked to death on his own blood.

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This is Kelly Thomas. He was a 37-year-old man with schizophrenia. He was living on the streets of Fullerton, California and he died in 2011 after being subdued by police in the summer of 2011.

While living on the streets he had 92 reported encounters with local law enforcement. He was known as "a fixture" of Fullerton's local homeless community.

This photo was taken after Kelly's altercation with Fullerton police. According to the coroner's report, he had broken bones in his face and he choked to death on his own blood.

Officers Manuel Ramos, Jay Cicinelli and Joseph Wolfe were charged with murder and manslaughter for Kelly's death. All three plead not guilty.

Jay Cicinelli, left, and Manuel Ramos were both acquitted of all charges against them and Joseph Wolfe, who was awaiting trial, will no longer face charges.

Kelly Thomas' death was caught on tape, which was played often during the trial. Kelly was hit multiple times by various officers' batons and then hit with the butt of a stun gun at least eight times.

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As news of the verdict spread on social media, many were furious that the officers were acquitted.

Aaaaand then I watch Kelly Thomas get beat to death by 4 cops. That's my hint to stay off the Internet for the remainder of the day.

Trevor Kuehn@Kuehn_Kong98

Aaaaand then I watch Kelly Thomas get beat to death by 4 cops. That's my hint to stay off the Internet for the remainder of the day.

11:14 AM - 16 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Keep Kelly Thomas above the radar. They want him burried. Don't let them do that. Justice for Kelly Thomas! Keep posting, making videos.

Mary @Marymo2015

Keep Kelly Thomas above the radar. They want him burried. Don't let them do that. Justice for Kelly Thomas! Keep posting, making videos.

11:21 AM - 16 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Makes me sick that police brutality is covered up in America, land of the free. Yeah right. Hope his death haunts them. #KellyThomas 2/2

Mike Salter@MikeSalterTV

Makes me sick that police brutality is covered up in America, land of the free. Yeah right. Hope his death haunts them. #KellyThomas 2/2

11:35 AM - 16 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

just seen the kelly thomas video, absolutely speechless on news like this, blood boiling and heart breaking.

Cassi@x_bookworm

just seen the kelly thomas video, absolutely speechless on news like this, blood boiling and heart breaking.

11:48 AM - 16 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

How can anyone excuse ignoring a plea for breath or a grown man begging for his dad? How have these policeman gotten off?! #KellyThomas

Lauren Kittle@xLaurenkits

How can anyone excuse ignoring a plea for breath or a grown man begging for his dad? How have these policeman gotten off?! #KellyThomas

10:57 AM - 16 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Tasered upto 5x, pistol whipped, suffocated & beaten so bad with batons that he choked on & lay in a pool of his own blood... #KellyThomas

Lauren Kittle@xLaurenkits

Tasered upto 5x, pistol whipped, suffocated & beaten so bad with batons that he choked on & lay in a pool of his own blood... #KellyThomas

10:59 AM - 16 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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