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Officer charged with murder leaves force

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FULLERTON, Calif., July 11 (UPI) -- A Fullerton, Calif., police officer charged with the second-degree murder of a homeless man is no longer with the department, an official said Tuesday.

A spokesman, Sgt. Jeff Stuart, would not say whether Manuel Ramos resigned or was dismissed, the Los Angeles Times reported. He would only confirm that Ramos, who had been on unpaid leave, left July 3.

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Six officers were involved in the beating death of Kelly Thomas, but only two, Ramos and Cpl. Jay Cicinelli, face criminal charges.

Cicinelli, who is on leave, is charged with involuntary manslaughter and with excessive force. Ramos also faces a manslaughter charge.

Four other officers are on paid leave. City officials have not released any information on the progress of an internal affairs investigation into Thomas' death.

Ramos and Cicinelli are scheduled to be arraigned Friday.

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