UPDATE, May 23, 5:34 P.M.: Citing unspecified media outlets, radio station 89.3 KPCC is reporting that all six officers involved in the Kelly Thomas beating have been given letters of intent to terminate. Be sure to read the original post below for our coverage of Ron Thomas's appearance this morning on Air Talk with Larry Mantle. During his interview, Thomas confirmed the Fullerton Police Department gave three officers: Joe Wolfe, Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli letters of intent to terminate. Citing state law, Fullerton police have declined to comment on the matter.
ORIGINAL POST, May 23, 12:45 P.M.: Ron Thomas
appeared on 89.3 KPCC
this morning and confirmed that three officers involved in the beating of his son Kelly have been handed termination papers. Speaking to show host Larry Mantle
, Thomas said officers Joe Wolfe, Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli
have been presented letters of intent to terminate. Fullerton police spokesman Sgt
. Jeff Stuart
left a message with the Weekly
yesterday saying state law prohibits him from commenting on personnel matters, but this morning Thomas said the officers have 30 days to appeal the decision.
So far, only Ramos and Cicinelli have been charged criminally with the death of Kelly Thomas, but Ron, who has been in contact with Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackaukas
, said more charges may be handed down.
"Rackaukas told me he is absolutely still looking at Wolfe," said Thomas. "So he's not out of the picture by any means."
Referring to the officers as "murderers with badges," Thomas said he believed the incident was avoidable and that Ramos, who has been charged with second degree murder, became angry just before the July 5 occurred because Kelly "didn't follow his program to the letter."
Both Ramos and Cicinelli were scheduled to be arraigned yesterday but a judge carried the hearing over. Both are due back in court on June 26.