Officer fired in Kelly Thomas beating death arrested on suspicion of domestic violence

Fired Fullerton police officer Manuel Ramos, who was acquitted in the 2011 death of a homeless Kelly Thomas, has been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence by his former department, police confirmed Thursday.

Ramos, 41, was picked up July 16 about 2p.m. on suspicion of misde-meanor domestic violence at a home in the 3600 block of West Oak Avenue in Fullerton. Police had been called to investigate a family disturbance, said Sgt. Kathryn Hamel.

Hamel declined to release any information about the identity of the female involved, her relationship to Ramos and the details of the alleged assault. The woman was described by police as “uninjured.”

Ramos could not be reached for comment.

Ramos gained national attention in 2011 after donning latex gloves before the videotaped altercation with Thomas and announcing that his fists were “getting ready to (expletive) you up.” Thomas died after the altercation, which led to criminal charges against Ramos and two other former officers.

A photo of Thomas’ bloody face and a horrific video of his encounter with police, depicting what prosecutors said was an angry and overzealous Ramos, sparked public outcry from throughout the country.

A 10-year veteran, Ramos was fired a year after the deadly altercation in the downtown parking lot of the Fullerton Transportation Center.

In January 2014, a jury found Ramos not guilty of second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. The same jury acquitted Cpl. Jay Cicinelli, also a former Fullerton police officer, of involuntary manslaughter and assault under the color of authority. Charges against a third former officer were dropped.

Thomas’ father, Ron Thomas, filed a lawsuit against Fullerton, Ramos and others involved in the death. The FBI launched its own investigation, Ramos said in documents seeking immunity for his testimony in the lawsuit.

In the domestic violence incident, Ramos posted $10,000 bail and was released from custody at the Fullerton department, according to a city statement. The case has been turned over to the District Attorney’s Office, which is reviewing it for criminal charges.

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