Kelly Thomas was beaten to death by police in Fullerton, California
Thomas' father, who already saw the video, was asked outside the courtroom Monday what people can expect.
"Get your tissues ready," Thomas said. "It's going to be brutal for you."
The audio-video recording depicts events at the Fullerton Transportation Center on July 5, 2011 from 8:46 p.m. to 9:20 p.m., District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said.
In the surveillance video, Officer Manuel Ramos can be seen twirling his baton, asking Kelly Thomas what language he’s speaking.
“It seems like every day I talk to you,” Ramos can be heard saying. “Do you enjoy that?”
Thomas says he can’t remember his name, and then is questioned about what he has in his backpack.
Police say they found paperwork belonging to an attorney named Casey Hull in the backpack. The back and forth goes on for some 15 minutes until Officer Ramos puts on latex gloves and orders Thomas to put his feet out:
Thomas appears confused.
Ramos: "Now you see my fists?"
Thomas: "Yeah, what about ‘em?"
Ramos: "They’re getting ready to 'f' you up."
Thomas: "Start punching dude."
About 30 seconds later, Officer Joseph Wolfe arrives and as Kelly Thomas steps out of view, he is struck with their batons.
The altercation goes on for nearly five minutes. More officers arrive including Cicinelli, who uses his taser.
Thomas, who was homeless and suffered from mental illness, died five days after the encounter involving Ramos, Cicinelli and four other officers who were not charged in the case.
Ron Thomas was seated in the front row Monday at the hearing when, during testimony from a forensics specialist, images taken at the hospital of his son's bloodied and bruised body were shown to the court. He was in the hospital room when the pictures were taken.
"I've seen them so many times, I live this 24-7 -- I'm very used to them," Thomas said outside the courtroom.
"They’re worried about little Band-Aid scratches of themselves, not my son dying."
Fullerton Fire Capt. Ron Stancyk testified that he noticed Thomas leaning up against a police officer's leg about one minute later. He rushed to give him aid, he testified.
Rackauckas presented several items -- including batons and a blood-stained stun gun, all sealed in plastic bags -- that he said were used in the altercation. The batons were used by Ramos and Officer Joe Wolfe, Rackauckas said. The stun gun was used by Cicinelli, he said.
A forensics specialist testified about the items Monday morning. Dawn Scruggs, who responded to the transportation center, testified that the two accused officers said after the fight that Thomas would not stop struggling.
Cicinelli said at the scene that he was in "awe," Scruggs testified.