Jay Cicinelli was one of the two former Fullerton, California police department officers who was recently acquitted in the brutal 2011 beating death of Kelly Thomas. This much is widely-known. What isn’t as well-known is that Cicinelli has been receiving a $40,000 annual pension from the city of Los Angeles, a pension which he continues to receive while sitting at home, after walking free this month.
Before Cicinelli worked for the small Southern California city of Fullerton, he tried to rise through the ranks of the LAPD. But way back in 1996, only three weeks after graduating from the police academy, Cicinelli was shot in the face, and lost his left eye.
Raul Jimenez was sentenced to life in prison for shooting Cicinelli, even though Cicinelli managed to survive the attempt on his life.
But the LAPD said they couldn’t find a place for an officer who was missing an eye. So Cicinelli agreed to an annual pension of 70% of his salary – $40,000 a year – as part of a disability pension.
But as the Los Angeles Times reported in 2011, “Despite his disability, Cicinelli was hired as an officer by the Fullerton Police Department, where he worked his way up from a reserve officer to a corporal earning $88,544 a year.” This was on top of the $40,000 the LAPD was paying him and continues to pay him to this day.
Cicinelli has been receiving around $40,000 from the city of Los Angeles ever since he lost his left eye in the line of duty 18 years ago. The city pension board later reconvened to reexamine the case and consider stripping Cicinelli of his LAPD benefits in light of the June 2011 beating death of Kelly Thomas, which brought Cicinelli into the national (even international) spotlight. But the board decided to allow those payments to continue.
Meanwhile, Cicinelli has been begging to be reinstated so that he can get back to making a whopping $130,000 a year to beat innocent, unarmed homeless men to death.
If you think these payments to this killer cop need to STOP NOW, then CONTACT the LAPD and let them know. SPREAD THE WORD and SIGN THE PETITION to end payments to Cicinelli NOW!
(Article by M.B. David; S. Wooten; and E. Khalil; image by PBSpot)