Posts Tagged ‘Kelly Thomas’

CA governments can open meetings with prayer

Monday, May 5th, 2014
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In one of those weird rulings, today the U.S. Supreme Court decided that it's OK for local governments to open meetings with prayer. It's weird because the Court itself opens with the prayer, "God save the United States and this Honorable Court!" -- a quote directly from the Court's own website....

Fullerton police chief doesn’t think verdict vindicated lethal cop

Saturday, January 18th, 2014
Fullerton police chief doesn’t think verdict vindicated lethal cop

In the aftermath of the Kelly Thomas verdict, it's been depressing to read the comment sections of Cal Watchdog, blogs, news sites and newspapers. A lot of oddly gleeful folks treat the verdict as evidence that police did the right thing the night Thomas suffered fatal injuries while being remors...

Stunning verdict in Fullerton case: Rodney King, the sequel

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

I was as stunned by a verdict Monday afternoon as I have been my whole life. An Orange County jury cleared police officers of all charges in the beating death of homeless Fullerton resident Kelly Thomas. It's impossible not to see the parallels with the Rodney King beating case, but this jury&...

Kern County sheriffs seize cell phones to hide killing of citizen

Monday, May 13th, 2013

May 14, 2013 By John Seiler Cops are getting out of control, especially in California. Not yet two years since the Fullerton police beat to death homeless man Kelly Thomas on July 5, 2011, comes this: "Blood stains are still visible on the sidewalk at the corner of Flower Street and Palm Drive, wh...

Others feel wrath of police unions

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

Oct. 28, 2012 By Steven Greenhut FULLERTON -- Many people were outraged this summer after a private investigator, with ties to a law firm that represents 120 police unions in California, made an apparently false police report that a Costa Mesa councilman stumbled out of a bar, appearing drunk, and...

Report on Thomas death recommends police reforms

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Editor’s note: This is the third part of a three-part series on how the homeless and mentally ill are treated in California. Part One was about the Kelly Thomas beating and death. Part Two was about how L.A. sheriffs deal with the homeless. Aug. 28, 2012 By Tori Richards The videotaped poli...

L.A. Sheriffs set the standard for dealing with the homeless

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Editor's note: This is the second part of a three-part series on how the homeless and mentally ill are treated in California. Part One was about the Kelly Thomas beating and death. July 9, 2012 By Tori Richards Welcome to 450 Bauchet St., a 10-acre compound in the heart of downtown Los Angeles th...

Kelly Thomas killing aftermath: Reforming how cops deal with the homeless

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Editor's note: Today marks a year since Kelly Thomas, an unarmed homeless man, was severely beaten by Fullerton police. He died five days later. This is the first of a three-part series. July 5, 2012 By Tori Richards An outside investigation into whether police officers violated policy leading up...

Homeless man’s death stirred a furor

Monday, May 14th, 2012

May 14, 2012 By Steven Greenhut SACRAMENTO -- Those who don't understand why Fullerton residents are about to recall three of their city councilmen on June 5 ought to spend 33 minutes watching the videotape that District Attorney Tony Rackauckas released of Fullerton police officers confronting an...

FBI Checks Cop Killing in Fullerton

Friday, July 29th, 2011

On July 5, Fullerton police beat to death an unarmed, harmless man, Kelly Thomas. The great Friends for Fullerton's Future investigative news site has been breaking this story, and the Fullerton PD's cover up of the six thug-cops, for weeks. Following the formal request of Orange County Superviso...