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Officials in Calif city to get independent report on homeless man's death after police clash
FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) ' An independent consultant was expected to present his findings Tuesday after investigating the death of a mentally ill homeless man after a violent confrontation with police.
Mike Gennaco, chief attorney for the Los Angeles Office of Independent Review, was hired by the city of Fullerton in August after 37-year-old Kelly Thomas died following a struggle with six city police officers that was partially recorded by bystanders on cell phone cameras.
Thomas, who had been treated for schizophrenia, died on July 10, five days after the confrontation.
The Orange County district attorney's office filed charges last year against two of the six officers.
Officer Manuel Ramos has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. Cpl. Jay Cicinelli has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter and excessive force.
Gennaco and his staff spent six months interviewing several dozen people and reviewed the prosecutor's findings in preparing Tuesday's oral report to be presented to the Fullerton City Council.
His findings were not expected to touch directly on issues that could impact the criminal cases against the officers, according to The Orange County Register.
Gennaco will deliver a second report, on the Police Department's general policies and procedures, as early as next month.