Coverage of the trial involving two ex-police officers charged in the death of a homeless man

Kelly Thomas Report Expected at Fullerton City Hall

Michael Gennaco, whose Pasadena-based Oiffce of Independent Review Group, will report to the council at its 4:30 p.m. meeting in City Hall.

By Jason Kandel
|  Tuesday, Feb 21, 2012  |  Updated 10:08 AM PDT
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Two Fullerton Police officers charged in the death of Kelly Thomas.

Two Fullerton Police officers charged in the death of Kelly Thomas.

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The independent consultant hired to investigate the death of a schizophrenic homeless man who was shot by Fullerton police last summer will make his first report to the City Council.

Michael Gennaco, whose Pasadena-based Office of Independent Review Group, will report to the council at its 4:30 p.m. meeting in City Hall.

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Gennaco, who is also the chief attorney for the Los Angeles County Office of Independent Review, and works with law enforcement across the country, will make a second report to the council in March or April.

In that report he will review the police department's overall policies and procedures.

A third report will be given to acting Police Chief Dan Hughes that focuses specifically on the death of Thomas.

In announcing Gennaco's review in August 2011, city officials vowed to "provide a comprehensive look at policies and procedures at the police department, and if there are problems found, he will make recommendations on corrections.”

Thomas, a 37-year-old homeless schizophrenic, died July 10, 2011, five days after being hospitalized after a fight with Fullerton police that was caught on video.

The death sparked calls for the police chief to resign and a petition drive to recall three Fullerton City Councilmen.

Fullerton Police Officer Manuel Ramos was charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter.

He faces a maximum sentence of 15 years to life in state prison if convicted.

Cpl. Jay Cicinelli was charged with involuntary manslaughter and use of excessive force.

He faces a maximum sentence of four years in state prison if convicted.

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