Unpaid Leave Planned for Officers Charged in Kelly Thomas' Death

The two officers have been on paid administrative leave in connection with the beating death of Kelly Thomas

Two Fullerton police officers charged in the death of Kelly Thomas after an altercation at a bus depot will be placed on unpaid administrative leave, the city's acting police chief said.

Special Section: The Kelly Thomas Case

Officer Manuel Ramos and Cpl. Jay Cicinelli will be on unpaid administrative leave, effective Oct. 8, Acting Chief of Police Kevin Hamilton said in the statement issued Thursday. They were placed on paid administrative leave in the wake of the July 5 altercation with Kelly Thomas.

The two officers can respond to the proposal before Oct. 8.

Four other officers involved in the case will remain on paid administrative leave. They are not facing charges.

Thomas died five days after the confrontation.

Earlier Thursday, Ramos was released from jail after posting $1 million bond. Last week, he was charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. Cicinelli was charged with involuntary manslaughter and excessive use of force.

Both officers pleaded not guilty and face a Nov. 4 pre-trial hearing.

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