Report Due On CA Homeless Death After Police Clash

Published February 21, 2012 9:00PM (EST)

FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — Leaders of the Southern California city of Fullerton are about to learn the findings of a consultant hired to investigate the death of a mentally ill homeless man after a confrontation with police last summer.

The chief attorney for the Los Angeles Office of Independent Review has been probing the death of 37-year-old Kelly Thomas and will make public some of his findings at a City Council meeting Tuesday evening.

Thomas died on July 10, five days after a violent struggle with Fullerton officers at a transit hub.

Officer Manuel Ramos has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter and Cpl. Jay Cicinelli has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter and excessive force.

The consultant and his staff interviewed several dozen people and reviewed the prosecutor's findings.

By Salon Staff

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