Why does it take SIX police officers to apprehend ONE 160 lb. schizophrenic homeless man, and WHY DON’T THEY PROCEED TO CUFF HIM AT ANY POINT?
Kelly was brutally murdered while terrified and crying for help.
On July 5, 2011 six police were caught on tape beating Kelly Thomas, a “peaceful homeless man” into a coma while he was screaming “Dad! Dad! Dad!” for help.
I’d like to know what procedure it was that instructed Police Officers to bash Kelly’s head in and tazer him repeatedly while more cops show up to participate, NOT ONCE PUTTING CUFFS ON HIM, until the still, lifeless body of a brain damaged man lay there on the concrete?
Turns out Kelly’s dad is an ex-police officer of the Fullerton Police Department and teaches police procedures. When he was interviewed about the killing he stated that police procedures were certainly not followed. Apparently, the Fullerton Police Department and the Orange County District Attorney are close friends. The city of Fullerton already tried to pay off Kelly’s family with $900,000. Because of this, the FBI is now involved.
A “police insider” called the John and Ken show to confess some new facts:
- One officer supposedly beat Kelly Thomas with the butt of his Taser until blood started coming up all over the officer’s arms and hands.
- Another officer supposedly drop knees Kelly Thomas’ nose and throat with the full force of his body weight multiple times, crushing the victim’s throat.
- This happened while Kelly Thomas was not moving or resisting.
- 5 of 6 cops are still on the streets. UPDATE: All 6 officers are now on administrative leave.
- The majority of Fullerton police officers don’t condone what happened.
Most of the initial coverage can be found in this DailyMail.co.uk article (WARNING: disturbing image).
On May 8th, 2012, a full video capturing the incident was released:
- An Independent Review Up For Discussion Friday Would Broaden The Scope Beyond the DA and FBI Investigations
- “…the department allowed police officers involved in the encounter to watch a video that captures the incident before writing their reports about it. It’s a practice that conflicts with methods used by many other police departments.”
- Photos from the Fullerton Protest on the Kelly Thomas Beating [imgur]
- Frequent Blog Coverage on the Kelly Thomas Beating [FullertonsFuture.org]