Training Officer Defends Use of Force in Kelly Thomas Trial

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A Fullerton Police Department training officer took the stand Tuesday in defense of the officers charged in the death of homeless man Kelly Thomas.

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A stun gun used by officers in their confrontation with Kelly Thomas was shown in court.

Video of the July 5, 2011 incident showed Thomas, 37, being hit repeatedly with fists, a baton and finally the butt of a stun gun by Fullerton police officers.

“On the video, all things considered, I don’t see anything out of policy there,” said Cpl. Steven Rubio, who teaches use of force techniques.

The defense has maintained the officers actions during the confrontation with Thomas were reasonable and within their training.

Officer Manuel Ramos has been charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter.

Officer Jay Cicinelli has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and excessive use of force.

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File photo of Kelly Thomas.

Both have pleaded not guilty.

Thomas, who suffered from schizophrenia, died in the hospital five days after the incident.

KTLA’s Chip Yost contributed to this report.

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