Former Fullerton police Officer Manuel Ramos, who is charged with second- degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the death of 37-year-old Kelly Thomas, is the first law enforcement officer in the history of Orange County to be charged with a homicide.
Former Cpl. Jay Cicinelli, a former LAPD officer, is charged with involuntary manslaughter and the use of excessive force in Thomas' July 5, 2011 arrest.
Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas concluded his rebuttal argument today, emphasizing that his case against the two officers is not a reflection on law enforcement in general in Orange County.
``We have great law enforcement in Orange County,'' Rackauckas said. ``We have professional police officers who do their job day in and day out. This case was put together by good police officers doing their job. ... This is not an indictment of ... the Fullerton Police Department or the police in general.''
``But a good police officer does not act in his manner,'' Rackauckas said.
Ramos' attorney, John Barnett, told reporters after the case went to the jury that Rackauckas' prosecution was having a chilling effect on law enforcement in the county.
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