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California Policeman Accused In Transient's Beating Death Acted Reasonably: Lawyer

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January 08, 2014 AT 12:53 PM
A California ex-policeman on trial in the beating death of a mentally ill transient that ignited protests in a Los Angeles suburb acted reasonably and couldn't have known that "catastrophe was around the corner," his lawyer said in closing remarks in the case on Wednesday. Defense attorney John Barnett, who represents former Fullerton policeman Manuel Ramos, said officers believed that 37-year-old Kelly Thomas was dangerous and that they responded according to their training.