Fullerton officer Manuel Ramos released on bail
Fullerton police officer Manuel Ramos, accused of second-degree murder in the death of Kelly Thomas, a homeless man, has bailed out of jail, according to the Orange County Jail's inmate-locator website.
The website lists Ramos as "released" shortly after midnight Thursday, with "bond posted."
News services were reporting Wednesday that fellow Fullerton officers were collecting money to pay his $1-million bail.
Ramos, 37, a 10-year veteran of the department, was one of two officers charged last week by Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckus in the death of Thomas, who suffered from schizophrenia, in downtown Fullerton in July. The case is believed to be the first time an on-duty police officer has been charged with murder in Orange County.
Ramos' attorney, John Barnett, said Thomas had a violent side and provoked the officers.
Another officer, Cpl. Jay Cicinelli, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter. He posted $25,000 bail shortly after his arrest.
-- Sam Quinones
Officer Manuel Ramos appears in Superior Court in Santa Ana last week for arraignment. Credit: Paul Rodriguez / Associated Press