Monday 29 May 2017

City settles over post-arrest death of mentally ill homeless man

A trial in the civil case had been slated to begin on Monday
A trial in the civil case had been slated to begin on Monday

The city of Fullerton, California, has reached a settlement over the death of a mentally ill homeless man who was taken off life support after a violent arrest.

Ron Thomas, father of 37-year-old Kelly Thomas, said the settlement amount was $4.9m (€4.6m).

City attorney Dick Jones told reporters that the deal needs to be approved by insurers.

A trial in the civil case had been slated to begin on Monday.

Ron Thomas sued over the July 2011 death of his homeless and schizophrenic son, who never regained consciousness after the arrest.

Former police officer Manuel Ramos was acquitted of second-degree murder last year. Former Corporal Jay Cicinelli was acquitted of involuntary manslaughter.

Surveillance video showed Ramos threatening Mr Thomas with gloved fists. Cicinelli jolted Mr Thomas with a stun gun and used the butt end to hit him in the head and face.

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