As soon as Ron Thomas showed up at the district attorney's office around 10 a.m., reporters and members of “Kelly's Army” swarmed around him. That same clan would be there again an hour later when he learned that the D.A. charged two Fullerton policemen–Officer Manuel Ramos and Corporal Jay Cicinelli–in the beating death of his son Kelly Thomas, and again when he got to look both officers in the eye at their arraignment.
Ron smiled, hugged several people and said he was “ecstatic,” but added that he still wanted to hear the news from the D.A. himself. “If this is all true, it'd make me believe the D.A. has done the right thing.”
When Rackauckas said that he was, in fact, charging two officers, one with second-degree murder and one with manslaughter, Ron smiled slightly and nodded his head.
As she listened to Rackauckas describe, in detail, how Ramos threatened and beat her stepbrother, Melissa Pape's chin began to quiver and she looked up, before closing her eyes and burying her face in a Kleenex. Attorney Garo Mardirossian flung his arm over Ron Thomas' shoulder, shook his head and whispered to Ron: “They're telling the truth.” Ron responded, “Yes they are.”
As the press conference finished up inside, the crowd outside circled around Thomas, who said, “I'm very emotional. Extremely happy with the D.A.” Mardirossian echoed that, saying, “We must recognize and praise the district attorney.”
Some other members of “Kelly's Army,” however, wanted more. “I think the other police should be held accountable and we still wanna see the video tape,” said Charlotte Cianciola, who has attended several Saturday protests in front of the Fullerton Police Department.
When Larsh asked Rackauckas, who is prosecuting the case, about his thoughts on Ramos' bail, Rackauckas deferred to Ron Thomas, who asked the judge not to reduce the bail.
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