Closing Arguments Begin in Kelly Thomas Beating Death Trial

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Closing arguments in the trial of two former Fullerton police officers accused in the fatal beating Kelly Thomas began on Tuesday.

Former officers Manual Ramos and Jay Cicinelli have both been charged in the July 5, 2011 beating of Thomas. But Ramos faces second degree murder charges, the most serious charges in the case.

The prosecution spent much of its time Tuesday morning focusing on Ramos.

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas claimed in court that Ramos set the incident in motion when he unlawfully threatened Ramos with a beat down rather than an arrest. Thomas had every right to defend himself, according to Rackauckas.

“He (Ramos) puts his fist in his face and he says, ‘You see these fists?’ ‘Yeah, what about them?’ ‘They’re getting ready to f*** you up,” Rackauckas said during closing arguments.

“Can you imagine that? Can you imagine having a police officer say something like that?” Rackauckas added. “When you’re sitting there, on a low, little curb. You’re trying to comply with the various things he’s telling you to do. And now he’s got the gloves on.”

The courtroom broke for lunch at noon and was set to resume at 1:30 p.m. The prosecution was expected to finish its case after lunch. Defense attorneys would then begin to deliver their closing arguments.

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