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A prosecutor says two Southern California police officers escalated a routine encounter with homeless man Kelly Thomas into ...
a bloody beating that caused his death days later. Thomas died five days after the violent confrontation. (Dec. 2)
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AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYSanta Ana, California - December 2, 20131. Wide - Santa Ana courtroom2. SOUNDBITE (English) Tony Rackauckas, Orange County District Attorney:"But he was never violent or threatening toward the police. And on the night of July 5th, 2011, he posed no threat at all, to the police or to anyone else. And that's the night that you're here to judge."3. Close - defendant Jay Cicinelli4. Close - defendant Manuel Ramos5. Wide - attorneys and defendants in courtroom 6. SOUNDBITE (English) Tony Rackauckas, Orange County District Attorney:"And he's got his baton out too in striking position. So both of these officers are running right at Kelly with their batons out, yelling, 'Get on the ground.'"7. Close - still from surveillance video with officers labeled8. SOUNDBITE (English) John Barnett, defense attorney for Ramos:"It's (the evidence is) going to show you that he's not some bully cop who didn't get along with Kelly Thomas. In fact it's going to show you the opposite."9. Mid - diagram shown by defense10. SOUNDBITE (English) Ron Thomas, Kelly Thomas' father:"There's no excuse for what they did. They're going to go back into Kelly's past. That's all they have - to dirty him up and make him seem like this horrible drug crazed person who was violently attacking the officers. But it's just not there."11. Close - photo of blood on yellow plastic Taser12. Close - pan across photo to incident location-----STORYLINE:A prosecutor says two Southern California police officers escalated a routine encounter with a homeless man into a bloody beating that caused his death days later.In opening statements at the officers' trial, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas told jurors in a Santa Ana courtroom Monday that former Fullerton officers Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli were responsible for the death of 37-year-old Kelly Thomas in July 2011.Thomas, whose family says was schizophrenic, died five days after the violent confrontation with six officers who responded to a call about a man jiggling car door handles in a transit center parking lot.Ramos is charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. Cicinelli is charged with to involuntary manslaughter and use of excessive force.Defense attorneys are seeking to introduce evidence that Thomas had a history of violence and suffered from psychotic episodes due to prolonged methamphetamine abuse.