The coroner who conducted Kelly Thomas’ autopsy said the homeless man died from lack of oxygen caused by chest compression during his struggle with police.
Aruna Singhania, a pathologist with the Orange County coroner’s office, testified Thursday in the fourth day of the trial of two former Fullerton police officers charged with killing Thomas.
Thomas became brain dead “due to mechanical chest compression with blunt cranial injuries sustained during physical altercation with a law enforcement officer,” Singhania said. “The chest got compressed, that caused [Thomas] not to breathe.”
Manuel Ramos is charged with second-degree murder and Jay Cicinelli with involuntary manslaughter. Both are former officers.
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