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Kelly Thomas’ dad vows to seek ‘justice’ after cops found not guilty in beating

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Ron Thomas, the father of Kelly Thomas, said during a Jan. 14, 2014 news conference that despite jurors acquitting two former Fullerton, Calif. police officers in his son’s beating death, this is a “prize fight” in which there are “several rounds to go,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

After deliberating for two days, a jury determined Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli were not guilty in the July 2011 beating death of Kelly, reports CBS News.

Attorney Garo Mardirossian said the Thomas family plans to bring a civil suit, which would allow more testimony to be given in the case, the Times reports.

View Slideshow: WARNING! Graphic images of Kelly Thomas' injuries

Mardirossian noted that although the prosecution in the criminal case did its best, he believes a civil trial will result in a very different verdict.

Thomas also said at the news event that he would like to know how jurors “came to the not-guilty verdict. I’m puzzled…”

In addition, he stated, “…it’s all about the criminal case… I will not stop until we get justice for Kelly.”

The Times reports that Laura Eimiller, a spokesperson for the FBI’s Los Angeles field office, said a civil right investigation into the case was opened in 2011.

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