Officer charged in man's death pleads not guilty
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A California police officer has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and excessive force charges in the killing of an unarmed, mentally ill homeless man.
Officer Manuel Ramos and Cpl. John Cicinelli made their initial court appearance Wednesday after being charged in the death of 37-year-old Kelly Thomas after a violent confrontation with officers on July 5.
Cicinelli pleaded not guilty to one count each of involuntary manslaughter and excessive force. He posted $25,000 bail and was scheduled to return to court in November.
Ramos, charged with one count each of second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter, did not enter a plea and was being held on $1 million bail. His arraignment is set for Monday.
Six officers were placed on paid administrative leave after the incident that occurred while police were investigating reported vehicle break-ins at a transit hub.