[UPDATE: One Officer Charged With Second-Degree Murder, Another with Manslaughter] Kelly Thomas Killing Announcement Draws Huge Media Crowd ... and Protesters
UPDATE, SEPTEMBER 21, 2011, 11 A.M.: Gustavo here. Before the press conference even began, veteran attorney John Barnett (whom you'll remember helped to represent the Haidl gang) announce to reporters that his client, Fullerton Officer Manuel Ramos, had surrendered himself to face charges on second-degree murder. And
Officer Corporal Jay Cicinelli, the infamous one-eyed cop, is charged with involuntary manslaughter and use of excessive force.
ORIGINAL POST: SEPT. 21, 10:17 A.M.: Anyone predisposed to wipe out a majority of Southern California's media in a single blow, should rush to Santa Ana and the offices of Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas.
At the moment, a whopping 12 news media satellite trucks are camped outside Rackauckas' offices in preparation for the DA's scheduled 11 a.m. announcement in his first floor law library, where 60 reporters are scheduled to be on hand to hear whether criminal charges will be filed against six Fullerton police officers who savagely killed Kelly Thomas, an unarmed homeless man, on July 5.
Also anxiously awaiting the announcement are a handful of protesters in Kelly Thomas t-shirts.
Huddled reporters--including teams from The Orange County Register and Los Angeles Times--are all speculating about Rackauckas' decision. No one believes he'll file murder charges. Most think he'll file felony assault charges.
Inside the building, Rackauckas' media staff is preparing the press conference room. A lone television has been placed near the podium. The DA will conduct a power point presentation and be the only person speaking at the news conference, according to his office.
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