Officer Manuel Ramos Kelly Thomas Cpl. Jay Cicinelli
Kelly Thomas after he was beaten by police officers
Kelly Thomas: Murder by Cop?
Or Justifiable Homicide?
Kelly Thomas: Murder by Cop?
Was the Beating Death of Kelly Thomas
Series of articles
What Is A Schizophrenic?
How Do They Think? Should We Fear Them?
To better understand what happened during those 33 horrifying minutes, we need to know what schizophrenia does to a sufferer's mind and why cops and schizophrenics will inevitably end up in a struggle. Unless cops become better educated about how to deal with the mentally ill.
Who Is Officer Manuel Ramos?
Little has been published about Officer Manuel Ramos concerning his background. He is 37 years old, and charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the July 5, 2011, beating and subsequent death five days later of schizophrenic Kelly Thomas.
Has he beaten suspects in the past?
Did Officer Ramos Know Thomas Was Mentally Ill?
Did Officer Ramos know that Kelly Thomas was a schizophrenic? Does it matter?
Where Is Fullerton, the City Where Kelly Thomas Was Beaten?
Kelly Thomas was savagely beaten on the streets of Fullerton, California, located in northern Orange County. Orange County is in the southern part of California.
Fullerton has a population of about 135,000 people. The Fullerton Police Department has 153 sworn officers and 78 civilian employees.
Appeal to Fullerton PD Interim Police Chief Dan Hughes
Dear Chief Hughes:
What could Ramos and Cicinelli have done differently during their confrontation with Kelly Thomas? Other police departments have pioneered the way and serve as role models for protecting and serving the mentally ill on America's streets.
Although the Fullerton PD has made some excellent changes in terms of how they interact with the mentally ill, here are several successful police programs we hope you will examine and perhaps apply to your department. All police departments can benefit from these programs.
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Kelly Thomas: Murder by Cop or Justifiable Homicide?
Exclusive series of articles by Allen R. Kates, MFAW, BCECR
For months I've resisted writing about the fatal Fullerton PD police beating of schizophrenic Kelly Thomas. Over many years, I've talked to hundreds of cops, most of whom I honor and admire, about their lives and traumatic experiences. I don't want to believe that a cop would kill somebody without good reason.
After much pestering by publisher and former LAPD officer Alex Salazar, I decided reluctantly to go ahead.
What changed my mind?
I watched the entire 33-minute video of the police encounter and beating, and then threw up in my trash can.
Unique Experience with Schizophrenics like Kelly Thomas
Why did Alex want me specifically to write the articles? Apart from being a journalist, I have had a rather unique experience. For two years, I was a residential counselor at a group home whose 12 residents were schizophrenics.
Series of Articles on What Went Wrong
The result is a series of articles about the beating: what went wrong; a comparison to the Rodney King beating; profiles of Kelly Thomas, Officer Manuel Ramos and Cpl. Jay Cicinelli; symptoms of schizophrenia; and the shocking way mentally ill people
are treated in America.
The most important article offers in-depth solutions, not only to the Fullerton PD, but to every police department that is trying to cope with the thousands of mentally ill on our streets.
Of the many articles I've read about the beating, none, not one has offered a solution. That's where RenegadePoPo is different. We present problems, and then try to solve them through investigative journalism.
The Solutions article answers the question: What could the officers have done differently so nobody got hurt?
Kelly Thomas Vs Rodney King Beating
Many media stories have compared the Kelly Thomas beating to the infamous Rodney King beating and declare that they are the same circumstances.
Nothing is further from the truth.
Kelly Thomas: An Isolated Incident? No.
Unfortunately, the Kelly Thomas beating and subsequent death from his injuries is not an isolated case. Less than a year later, another schizophrenic was beaten to death in his own home by police officers.
On June 14, 2012, Khoa Anh Le was allegedly tased and beaten with flashlights and batons by El Monte, California, police officers.
The parallels between the two incidents are shockingly similar.
The Real Rampart Story: A boiling cauldron of lies, deception and distortion--Or Utter Nonsense?
Hollywood has made a movie about one of the worst police
scandals in U.S. history, a movie about bad cops doing bad things in the
1990s. Well, maybe it's about the Rampart scandal. According to many
moviegoers, they don't think the Rampart scandal, although used as a
"backdrop," has much to do with what goes on in the movie.
But I wonder... Did this movie really have to be made?
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Stress On The Police Family
A police officer's mental health affects their marriage, home life, children and close relationships.
Your home environment has a critical effect on how you will perform your
job. If there is stress in the home, it doesn't get left at home. You
take it with you to work. Stress at home combined with stress at work
can have dire consequences on the most emotionally stable person,
causing anger and aggressiveness.
Stress causes mistakes on the job
where there is no room for mistakes. When you are dealing with life and
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Groom Our Children
Not only do pedophiles groom children so they can have sex with them, they groom their parents to make them think their children are safe with them.
Pedophiles groom police officers, judges, paramedics, school teachers, caregivers...
Sex Addiction in Police Officers As A Result Of Stress And Trauma
"All I wanted to do was get screwed up and loaded. When my dick was hard, I didn't give a damn. I fucked anyone, anytime, anyplace and I gave no thought to sexually transmitted diseases."
LAPD Detective Bill Martin (Ret.)
This shocking, groundbreaking report is presented here in its entirety. It was published as a chapter in the police book, Stress Management in Law Enforcement, Third Edition (2013), by Carolina Academic Press.
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Who Was Kelly Thomas?
Lest we paint an unreasonable picture of Kelly Thomas as a sweet boy that the police had no reason to detain, we have to examine the facts. At times, Thomas was confrontational, angry and hostile. Seventeen years before he was killed, he had attacked his grandfather with a fireplace poker.
We Have 2,400,000 Schizophrenics
There are an estimated 2.4 million schizophrenics in America. Of the 672,000 homeless on our streets on any given night, nearly half of them are mentally ill, most of them suffering from schizophrenia.*
*Source: National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI
Official Definition of SchizophreniaHere are the symptoms of schizophrenia, adapted from descriptions given by the Mayo Clinic and John Hopkins Medicine.More...
Why Was Kelly Thomas Beaten?
Why was Kelly Thomas beaten so severely and tased multiple times? Were the police officers out of control? Did the officers feel threatened? Did Thomas resist and provoke them?
Who Is Cpl. Jay Cicinelli?
Cpl. Jay Cicinelli, 40, is charged with involuntary manslaughter and excessive use of force in the July 5, 2011, beating and death of Kelly Thomas. At the pre-trial, he pled not guilty.
More is known about Cpl. Jay Cicinelli's background than Ramos's and what may have contributed to the brutal encounter with Kelly Thomas.
How Painful Are Taser Hits? Can They Kill?
Taser hits have been implicated in hundreds of deaths. Should that stop police
officers from using this supposedly non-lethal means to subdue a combative subject? Were too many hits applied to Kelly Thomas?
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords: A Good Friend to Police Officers, But Did We Let Her Down?
U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head on January 8, 2011, in Tucson, AZ, and now she has given up her job, as she doesn't feel that she can carry out her duties.
That is a shame. She is a great supporter of police officers, as well as our military personnel. But did the government let her down? Did we? Where was her security? The answers are shocking.
When I Looked Into the Eyes of a 9/11 Terrorist, He Wanted To Kill Me
On March 3, 2001, I sat down at a table in front of a coffee kiosk at the Phoenix airport and opened up my laptop. As I began work, I looked up and right across from me sat two Middle Eastern men. They were only about 15 to 20 feet away, so I got a good look at them.
What I felt at the moment one of the men and I locked eyes on each other was nothing I'd experienced before. I felt that not only did he hate me, but he wanted to rip me apart. That's a shockingly primitive gut reaction, one I couldn't ignore.
Cops know what I'm talking about. They have come fact-to-face with people they know would kill them in an instant if they could. They have stared into the eyes of a demon.
CopShock is PTSD: the Secret Cop Killer
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) kills more cops every year than criminals. More cops die by their own hand as a result of PTSD and psychological stress then are killed in the line of duty.
CopShock, by Allen R. Kates
"As police officers, we have a very real problem," says LAPD Detective (Ret.) Bill Martin. "We don't recognize how what we see, hear, smell, taste and feel affects us on a daily basis. Our responses to violence are so subtle and long-term that we do not realize what is happening to us until we begin to lose what is most important in our lives: our families, friends, health, spirituality, honor, commitment, and sense of self-worth."
He says, "For most of my police years, I was addicted to alcohol and prescription drugs. I often had suicidal thoughts and once tried to kill myself. I didn't realize that my exposure to frequent trauma was causing Posttraumatic Stress Disorder."
Over a 33-year career, Detective Martin experienced thousands of shootings, homicides, suicides and natural deaths. Often he felt fear, helplessness and despair. Thinking his feelings were abnormal, he repressed them, pushing them down, not realizing that his feelings were normal. He did not realize that his feelings were normal. He did not realize that the situations he found himself in were abnormal. As a result of ignoring his emotions, he developed PTSD, which is often considered the most severe form of traumatic stress reaction.
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