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Fourteen arrested in protests at Fullerton Police Department

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Fourteen were arrested Jan. 17 at a protest regarding the not guilty verdicts in the Kelly Thomas case, according to the Fullerton Police Department.

Of the 14 that were arrested, charges ranged from failure to disperse to assault. A Channel 2 news reporter was assaulted, according to the Fullerton Police Department's Twitter page. A group of protestors crowded around the news van when they left, which prompted another call to police by the news crew, which turned the protest into an unlawful assembly. Only one of the persons arrested was from Fullerton.

The protest lasted for 6 hours and was mostly peaceful, except for a small crowd, according to the police department. Some of the activities of the protest included blocking traffic, knocking over chairs and tables at The Slidebar and spray painting an anarchy symbol on the side of the police department building.

Yesterday's protests were in response to the Jan. 13 verdict finding former Fullerton police officers Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli not guilty in the death of Kelly Thomas. Thomas was a homeless, schizophrenic man who came in contact with police the night of July 5, 2011. Ramos was charged with second degree murder as well as involuntary manslaughter. Cicinelli was charged with involuntary manslaughter and excessive force under color of authority.

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