The Fullerton Police Department no longer employs one of the two officers charged in the beating death of Kelly Thomas, an official has confirmed.
"Manuel Ramos is no longer a city employee as of July 3," Fullerton police Sgt. Jeff Stuart said Tuesday.
The 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.
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The status of the other officers involved in the beating remains the same, Stuart said Tuesday. Four 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.