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Two Officers Involved in Kelly Thomas Beating No Longer Work for City: Police

Officials announced Tuesday that Officer Joe Wolfe, previously on paid administrative leave, is no longer employed by the city of Fullerton.



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    Footage from a security camera shows the altercation between Fullerton police officers and Kelly Thomas at the Fullerton bus depot in July 2011.

    In one week, the Fullerton Police Department announced that two of the six officers involved in the fatal beating of Kelly Thomas are no longer employed by the city.

    Officer Joe Wolfe – who began his career with the Fullerton Police Department in 1999 – no longer works for the city as of Monday, July 16, Cpl. Tim Kandler said in a statement released Tuesday.

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    A memorial concert was held in Fullerton on Saturday in memory of Kelly Thomas, the mentally ill homeless man who died after a violent confrontation with police officers. The concert came just two days after the one-year anniversary of the beating. Antonio Castelan reports from Fullerton for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on July 7, 2012.
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    Acting Police Chief Dan Hughes has refrained from discussing the case further citing State employment laws that bar him from expounding on personnel issues, according to the statement.

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    Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli -- Fullerton police officers accused in the beating death of Kelly Thomas -- pleaded not guilty Friday, July 13. A graphic video tape of Kelly Thomas being beaten and more than ten minutes of audio are expected to be central pieces of evidence when the case goes to trial. Vikki Vargas reports from Santa Ana for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on July 13, 2012.
    (Published Friday, July 13, 2012)

    The news comes one week after Fullerton police officials announced the termination of Manuel Ramos.

    Ramos -- a 10-year veteran of the force -- was charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the death of Kelly Thomas, a 37-year-old schizophrenic man who died days after being beaten by six police officers last year.

    The status of the other officers involved in the beating remains the same, Kandler said. Three officers are on paid administrative leave, and Cpl. Jay Cicinelli remains on unpaid leave.

    Cicinelli was charged with involuntary manslaughter and excessive use of force in connection with the 2011 beating.

    If convicted on the murder charge, Ramos faces 15 years to life. Both officers face up to four years in prison if convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

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