Kelly Thomas: Father hopes Officer Ramos is 'hurting inside'
After Wednesday's arraignment of Fullerton police officers Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli in the July beating death of Kelly Thomas, Thomas' father said he was pleased that bail was kept at $1 million for Ramos.
"He's wearing handcuffs right now -- which is great -- for the murder of my son," Ron Thomas said.
He also said Ramos looked frightened in the courtroom.
"I hope the man is hurting, hurting inside," Thomas said.
Cicinelli pleaded not guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter and the use of excessive force. He posted $25,000 bail.
As to the details that Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas made public Wednesday, Thomas said he already knew.
"What he described today I've known for weeks and weeks," Thomas said, adding that hearing Rackauckas "proved what we were thinking was absolutely correct."
"I'm completely torn up, but I'm satisfied to an extent," he said.
Thomas said Kelly's Army, a group of supporters that seeks justice for his son, will still try to help the homeless and that he will consider whether a civil suit will be filed.
"This book isn't finished," Thomas said.
-- Nicole Santa Cruz in Santa Ana
Photo: Ron Thomas hugs a friend outside the Central Justice Center after the officers' arraignment.
Credit: GIna Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times