An October trial date was set Friday for two ex-Fullerton police officers charged in connection with the beating death of a Kelly Thomas, a mentally-ill, homeless man. Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said Manuel Anthony Ramos, 39, and Jay Patrick Cicinelli, 41 will face a jury trial on October 18, according to 89.3 KPCC.
The Orange County Sheriff’s bomb squad and a hazardous-materials team were called to the Fullerton Police Department Sunday afternoon after a resident turned in an envelope containing a suspicious white substance, authorities said, according to the O.C. Register.
Bomb squad? This sounds more like brujeria – otherwise known as Santeria, or Voodoo/witchcraft. Now I suppose it could be some toxic substance, such as Ricin, but let’s face it, Fullerton is a lot more diverse today than ever. Why not brujeria? Continue reading
Orange County District Attorney, Press Release
For Immediate Release, Case # 11NF0950: May 31, 2013
SANTA ANA – A homeless man was sentenced today to 26 years to life in state prison for murdering another transient man by hitting him with a piece of wood. Sergio Camacho Gonzalez, 38, was found guilty by a jury Feb. 13, 2013, of one felony count of murder with a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon.
On the evening of Sept. 25, 2010, Gonzalez got into a verbal argument in a Fullerton liquor store with 56-year-old Andrew Petrusiak and accused the victim of stealing his wallet two weeks earlier. At approximately 8:30 p.m., Petrusiak returned to his campsite behind a Fullerton business complex. At 9:13 p.m., Gonzalez entered the victim’s campsite and murdered him by striking the victim in the back of the head with a piece of wood. Video surveillance in the business complex captured Gonzalez entering the site and leaving four minutes later. Petrusiak was never seen alive again. Continue reading
“An Orange County judge has thrown out a case against three men – including one who faced 25 years to life in prison for robbery – after a Fullerton police video that could have shown what happened was deleted,” according to the O.C. Register.
The official Fullerton Police News blog did not mention this story anywhere on their blog. And the Fullerton Police Department’s website also fails to mention this case although it does have an article about Fullerton Police being cleared in another lawsuit. Finally, the Fullerton Police Department’s Facebook page also doesn’t mention this case, but they do note that this week is National Police Week.
Maybe that is because Superior Court Judge Steven Bromberg characterized Fullerton police work as “sloppy” and “disturbing.” Continue reading
The embattled Fullerton Police Department has launched their own blog, called the Fullerton Police News.
Curiously they are hiding their RSS feed, which makes no sense if they are trying to communicate with the public. And while they listed a few Fullerton blogs they didn’t list ours.
Here is what Fullerton Police Chief Dan Hughes has to say about his new blog: Continue reading
Remember those awful Fullerton cops who beat up and killed Kelly Thomas, a homeless man? One of the cops who was at that incident but not charged in it – moved toward a man, Veth Mam, who was filming an altercation, in July of 2011, knocking a cellphone camera out of his hands.
A federal jury is expected to hear closing arguments Monday in the lawuit filed by Mam, who was arrested, prosecuted and acquitted of misdemeanor charges, including battering and assaulting a police officer, according to the O.C. Register. Click here to read about what happened in that incident, as reported by a bail bondsman’s blog.
Mam is suing three Fullerton officers in the U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, for constitutional rights violations and malicious prosecution.
The OC Weekly’s excellent investigative reporter, R. Scott Moxley, took a look at this incident and broke it down, in all its gory details, as follows in these excerpts from his article: Continue reading
Will a jury signal to cops it’s wrong to harass citizens videotaping their actions?
In Orange County, one outcome is as sure as a 5 p.m. traffic jam on the 5, 91, 55, 22, 57 and 405, Republican control of the Newport Beach city council, and a grotesque sewer spill at Doheny State Beach: Some cops are going to falsify official reports to frame innocent citizens.
I long ago stopped counting the number of times officers have been caught lying by irrefutable evidence and then, as if the corruption is a badge of honor, climb in rank in their various police agencies. Sometimes such a case involves simply omitting exculpatory facts from reports. For example, in 2009 a South County housewife who had led a crime-free life found her world turned upside down when a deputy arrested her for shoplifting a $100 jar of face cream. The cop didn’t report that a store surveillance recording he had watched had disproved the crime. Continue reading
Orange County District Attorney Press Release
For Immediate Release, Case # TBA: March 19, 2013
*Defendant was acquitted two weeks prior in another gang-related attempted murder case
SANTA ANA – A parolee gang member, who was acquitted by a jury two weeks ago in a gang-related attempted murder and carjacking case, has been charged with attempting to murder a Fullerton Police Department (FPD) officer by shooting him several times at close range during a traffic stop. Marcos Allen Bush, 29, is charged with one felony count each of attempted murder, shooting from a motor vehicle, assault with a semiautomatic firearm on a peace officer, possession of a firearm by a felon, and street terrorism, three felony counts of shooting at a residence, and sentencing enhancements and allegations for criminal street gang activity, the personal discharge of a firearm causing great bodily injury, the personal use of a firearm, causing great bodily injury, and a prior strike conviction for criminal threats from 2009. If convicted, he faces a minimum sentence of 60 years to life in state prison. Bush is being held on $1 million bail and has a no-bail parole hold. He is expected to be arraigned today, Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined. Continue reading
Apparently several Fullerton residents learned nothing from the murder of homeless resident Kelly Thomas by a few Fullerton police officers. Supervisor Shawn Nelson, who is currently the Chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, has pushed the County into paying $3.1 million for a 29,000-square-foot building on two acres on South State College Boulevard, to be used as a permanent year-round homeless shelter, according to the Voice of OC.
Kudos to Nelson for doing something when so few cities in Orange County are doing anything. The homeless in Orange County are expected to weather the elements, where they are exposed to dangers that in the past two years have included the Fullerton police and a crazed killer. Why not give them somewhere safe and warm to sleep at night? Continue reading