Force questioned in Calif. homeless man's death

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Updated: 12/09/2013 5:46 pm

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A former FBI agent has testified that two California police officers on trial in a homeless man's death used excessive force.

The Los Angeles Times reports use-of-force expert John Wilson testified Monday for prosecutors, who have charged the Fullerton officers in the death of 37-year-old Kelly Thomas.

Manuel Ramos has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. Jay Cicinelli has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter and excessive force.

Prosecutors say Cicinelli struck Thomas in the head with the end of his stun gun causing injuries that contributed to his death.

Wilson says striking a suspect in the head is not police procedure.

Defense attorneys say Thomas was grabbing Cicinelli's weapon.

The officers were responding to a call about a man trying to break into cars at a transit center.

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