At the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana this morning, Fullerton policeman Manuel Ramos wore a yellow jumpsuit and sat behind a metal mesh wall separating him from everyone else in the courtroom — including Kelly Thomas' relatives and several members of his own family.
“I don't believe there's any issue of dangerousness,” Barnett said of Ramos, before telling Larsh he didn't think there was any flight risk. He cited Ramos' family's longtime ties in the area and his three young sons as reasons it's unlikely he would flee. “He's served the community,” Barnett said. “I think there's no danger to the community by releasing my client.”
When asked his thoughts on the bail, District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, who is currently the lead prosecutor on the case, deferred to Ron Thomas, Kelly's father.
Barnett defended his client's innocence. “My client's reaction was within policy and certainly not a crime.” When asked about Ramos telling Thomas that he planned to “f— him up” with his fists, Barnett said, “That's simply a way of seeking to get Kelly Thomas to do what he was supposed to do, which is comply.”