Two California police officers who were videotaped in a violent struggle with a homeless man during an arrest were acquitted Monday of killing him.
It was a rare case in which police officers were charged in a death involving actions on duty. One of the officers acquitted had been charged with murder.
Jurors took less than two days to reach their verdicts.
33-minute video of confrontation
The arrest was captured on a 33-minute surveillance video that was key evidence at the trial. It showed Kelly Thomas struggling with six police officers, who hit, kneed and jolted him with an electric stun gun as he was on the ground, calling out for his father over and over again.
Former Fullerton police officer Manuel Ramos was acquitted of second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the 2011 death of Thomas.
Former Cpl. Jay Cicinelli was acquitted of involuntary manslaughter and excessive use of force.
Spectators let out a gasp as the verdict was read.
Cicinelli, 41, wiped tears from his eyes and Ramos, 39, put his head down and rubbed his temples before turning to his supporters and winking.