The Kelly Thomas verdict is an outrage

Kelly Thomas' pleas

Most police officers are not murderers. Most police officers are not corrupt brutes on a power trip. Most police officers do their jobs professionally and serve their communities. Not all policemen are thugs who brutalize and murder unarmed people. However Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli are murderers and thugs.

On Monday, both men were acquitted for the murder of Kelly Thomas, a homeless man suffering from schizophrenia. On July 5, 2011; police in Fullerton, CA responded to a call about a man vandalizing cars. Police found a shirtless Kelly Thomas and questioned him. As a video shows the incident grew out of hand, it eventually grew violent.

The heroic Manuel Ramos, who was trying to handle the situation in a calm and professional manner asked Thomas, “Now see my fists? They are getting ready to f**k you up.” Our brave heroes also climbed on top of Thomas’s back and held him down while he was tased not once, not twice, but five times. Apparently in the city of Fullerton, saying you’re sorry and begging for your life is considered resisting arrest. Finally, our brave men in blue beat Thomas nearly to death and Thomas finally succumbed to his injuries five days later.

Kelly Thomas

This was still not enough for a jury in Orange County, California to convict these men. An expert told ABC News that juries don’t like to convict cops charged while acting in the line of duty. Police abusing their power is becoming an epidemic in this country.

Police departments across the country are becoming more militarized as a result of the War on Drugs and the War on Terror and with it, many police officers are adopting a warlike mentality towards the people they are supposed to protect. It’s time for us, the descendants of outlaws, refugees, rebels, and adventurers to hold law enforcement accountable to the law which they are sworn to uphold.

As for the Thomas family, the doors of justice haven’t slammed shut just yet. The FBI is investigating the case to determine if Federal civil rights charges should be filed. The family has a wrongful death lawsuit pending against the city of Fullerton as well.

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