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Kelly Thomas beaten to death in Fullerton
by Huffington
Thursday Jul 28th, 2011 11:00 PM
A video has surfaced that documents Fullerton police beating a homeless man near the Fullerton Bus Depot in early July, reports Gawker. The video above does not show much of the fight, but you can hear a man's screams and people talking about a Taser. The man being beaten also cries out for his father.
Graphic photo of beating victim:
http://www.fullertonsfuture.org/2011/warning-graphic-photo-of-fpd-beating-victim/

Video of beating
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ljYNgLnpxM


On July 5, Fullerton police received reports of someone breaking into cars in the area around the bus depot, according to the LA Times. Police subsequently tried to arrest 37-year-old transient Kelly Thomas on suspicion of possessing the stolen items.

When Thomas resisted, it took several minutes for him to be subdued. Sgt. Andrew Goodrich told the OC Register that it took "an upwards of five, maybe six officers to subdue him."

ABC says that Thomas was unarmed during the incident. Thomas sustained severe injuries to the head and neck, as evidenced in the photo here (WARNING: EXTREMELY GRAPHIC). He was hospitalized at UCI Medical Center, when he fell into a coma and died less than a week later.

Thomas' father Ron Thomas told the OC Register that his son had been diagnosed with schizophrenia in his early twenties and was homeless by choice. His sister, Christina Kinser, described him as a "quiet, gentle soul" to Fullerton Stories.

Currently, the Fullerton Police Department is performing an inquiry into the incident, and the case is being examined by the Orange County District Attorney's office, reports the LA Times. There have been several protests, and a vigil for Kelly was held in downtown Fullerton, the OC Register tells us.

In an open letter, City Council Member Bruce Whitaker has called for the police to offer a clear explanation and to release a video that apparently shows the actual beating.

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by DR. BOB
Friday Jul 29th, 2011 10:03 AM
IN REGARDS TO THE MURDER OF KELLY THOMAS BY THE FULLERTON POLICE DEPARMENT.

I HAVE LIVED IN THE NORTH ORANGE COUNTY AREA FOR 30 YEARS.
THE REASON I AM NOT SUBMITTING MY FULL NAME IS BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH I AM A UPSTANDING MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY, I ACTUALLY LIVE IN FEAR OF THE LOCAL MINI POLICE FEIFDOMS THAT SURROUND MY AREA OF RESIDENCE. THESE ARE ANAHEIM P.D.-BREA-YORBA LINDA P.D.- PLACENTIA P.D.- AND FULLERTON P.D. VOICING AN OPINION ON THESE DEPARTMENTS TACTICS PUBLICLY WOULD RESULT IN BEING PUT ON A "HOT SHEET" OR EXCUSE THE EXPRESSION " SHIT LIST" THAT WOULD INCLUDE HARRASSMENT, MILD TO EXTREME, NO MATTER HOW VEHEMENTLY THE POWERS THAT BE WOULD DENY THIS.

I ORIGINALLY CAME ACROSS KELLY THOMAS APPROXIMATLEY 12 YEARS AGO IN THE PLACENTIA AREA. WE DID NOT KNOW HIS NAME AT THE TIME BUT CONSIDERING HIS APPEARANCE, WE COINED THE TERM "FORREST GUMP" FOR HIM AS HE RESEMBLED ACTOR TOM HANKS IN THE MOVIE OF THE SAME NAME, WHEN HE WAS RUNNING ACROSS COUNTRY. KELLY CAME ACROSS AS AN QUIET HOMELESS INDIVIDUAL WHO KEPT TO HIMSELF, OCCASIONALLY WOULD BUM A CIGARETTE OR A SODA. HE WAS A SLIGHT KID APPROXIMATLEY 5' 9 AND WOULD PROBABLEY WEIGH ABOUT 130 TO 140 LBS. SOAKING WET. NEEDLESS TO SAY BECAUSE OF HIS APPEARANCE HE LEFT SOME PEOPLE UNCOMFORTABLE SIMPLY BY HIS PRESENCE.
WE LEARNED AFTER A WHILE THAT HE WAS A LOCAL KID WHO HAD SOME PSYCH PROBLEMS, WAS ON MEDICATION AND HAD FAMILY LIVING IN THE AREA.

THE ABOVE MENTIONED POLICE ENTITYS WERE ALL AWARE OF HIM AS THERE WERE NUMEROUS CALLS BY LOCAL CITIZENS WHO DID NOT WANT A "HOMELESS BUM" WANDERING IN THEIR MIDST. I PERSONALLY AND OTHERS, WITNESSED NUMEROUS TIMES WHEN THE POLICE WERE CALLED AND HAD HIM "MOVE ALONG" INTO NEIGHBORING JURISDICTIONS SO THAT THEY WOULD NOT HAVE TO DEAL WITH HIM. SO IF THE POLICE CLAIM THEY HAD NO PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE OF HIM, THIS WOULD CONSTITUTE A PILE OF B.S.

OVER THE YEARS WE ACCEPTED KELLY AS A LOCAL FIXTURE THAT WOULD SHOW UP AROUND SPRING TIME AND DISAPPEAR IN THE FALL. WE WOULD OCCASIONALY GIVE HIM SMOKES, GET HIM SOMETHING TO EAT, AND SOMETIMES SOME MONEY.

IF THE SIX OR SO FULLERTON POLICE CLAIM THEY WERE CONCERNED SO MUCH FOR THEIR OWN SAFTEY THAT THEY TASED AND PUMMELED KELLY TO DEATH WITH THEIR VARIOUS BLUNT FORCE INSTRUMENTS, I SAY "BULLSHIT", AS THE LITTLE GUY WOULD HAVE BROKEN HIS OWN BACK SIMPLEY BY PASSING WIND.

IF KELLY HAD BEEN A PERSON OF COLOR YOU CAN BET AL SHARPTON AND/OR JESSE JACKSON WOULD BE HERE ORGANIZING PROTESTS IN THE STREETS.

PLEASE UNDERSTAND, I AM NOT ANTI POLICE, AS I HAVE MANY POLICE FRIENDS. HOWEVER THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT HAVE NO BUSINESS
PROTECTING AND SERVING THE COMMUNITY, AS THE FULLERTON POLICE OFFICERS THAT PROCECTED AND SERVED KELLY THOMAS. I HOPE THERE IS A THOROUGH INVESTIGATION OF THIS MATTER AND A SWIFT RESOLUTION IN REMOVING THESE ANIMALS OF PUBLIC TRUST FROM THEIR POSITIONS.

P.S. IF THERE IS A MEMORIAL SERVICE TO BE HELD FOR KELLY WOULD ANYONE IN THE KNOW PLEASE POST THAT INFO AS I PLAN ON ATTENDING.

RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED
DR. BOB
VIGIL Tonight at 8pm, Saturday, 08/30/2011, Fullerton City Hall, 303 W. Commonwealth Ave Fullerton. Thats exactly when the "night shift" officers come out too! So come out for the vigil and support Kelly Thomas, then stop by a restaurant or two, you're sure to meet an officer or two and then ask them if they were just incompetent in their job, or murderers. It has to be one or the other. Fullerton PD, Email your thoughts - Captains Mike Sellers, Dan Hughes, Alex Bastreri, Kevin Hamilton, Sergeant Andrew Goodrich: msellers [at] fullertonpd.org, dhughes [at] fullertonpd.org, rbastreri [at] fullertonpd.org, khamilton [at] fullertonpd.org, agoodrich [at] fullertonpd.org
Or Call 714-738-6800




Fullerton dirty cop terrorists with "police powers" kills unarmed, helpless victim for absolutely nothing, is

this North Korea or Russia ?? one-eyed cop with chip on his shoulder GOES on a psychiatric-drug (aka

anti-psychotic drug) fueled beating-happy violence. UNIONIZED, armed dirty cop terrorists

with "police powers" acting with impunity every day, getting away with MURDER. overtime-abusing,

armed, unionized, psychiatric-drug (AKA anti-psychotic drugs) addled gang of no-good thug killers

g oing on a beating rampage, and JUSTIFYING it with one-sentence. My life was threatened.


HUH ???


FULLERTON GANG OF dirty cop terrorists with "police powers" kills yet another UNARMED, HELPLESS

U.S. CITIZEN . AUG. 1. 2011 . MONDAY.