Almost one year after the fatal beating of homeless man Kelly Thomas, three police officers involved in the assault are being terminated.
Officers Manuel Anthony Ramos, Joe Wolfe and Cpl. Jay Cicinelli of the Fullerton Police Department have all received termination letters, reports CBS2/KCAL9. The officers have 10 days to respond or they'll be automatically fired.
Ramos is charged with one count each of second degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in Thomas' death. Cicinelli is charged with one count each of involuntary manslaughter and excessive force.
Wolfe has not been criminally charged for his role in Thomas' beating and he's still on paid administrative leave, unlike the other two officers who have been on unpaid leave for months.
Thomas' father Ron Thomas asked the Fullerton City Council to terminate him last Tuesday, according to KPCC.
Ramos, Cicinelli and Wolfe are just three of the six officers involved in the altercation that led to Thomas' death in July 2011. Thomas was beaten with clubs, tased, punched and kicked July 5, 2011 after failing to comply with officers. He was unconscious when medical responders arrived at the scene, and taken off life support after five days in a coma.
Never-before-seen footage of Thomas' violent beating was revealed earlier this month during a pre-trial hearing to determine if Ramos and Cicinelli will face trial.
After three days of hearings that were punctuated by the violent surveillance footage, photos of Thomas after the beating and an autopsy report, the court ordered the officers to stand trial. Both officers have pleaded not guilty.
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