Jason Kandel
NBC Los Angeles
January 14, 2014

Protesters gathered on Monday evening to rally against the not guilty verdicts of two former officers in the beating death of a mentally ill homeless man.

An Orange County jury found Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli not guilty of all charges — including manslaughter — in the 2011 death of Kelly Thomas. A surveillance video showed police pummeling and stun-gunning him.

Ron and Cathy Thomas told reporters that the verdict effectively tells police officers that they can kill people and get away with it.

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