Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas today filed a second-degree murder charge against the city of Fullerton police officer who began the lethal beating of homeless man Kelly Thomas with the words, “These fists are ready to F you up.” Involuntary manslaughter and excessive force charges were filed against a second officer accused of repeatedly smashing Thomas in the face. "It is one of the first times – if not the first time – that prosecutors in Orange County have charged an on-duty police officer with murder," the Register reports. The newspaper put six bylines on the story.
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