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5 of 6 Fullerton Cops who Murdered Homeless Man Gang Style Still WorkingTim King Salem-News.com
Orange County is known for its high levels of corruption as we all know, but cops working after doing this to a man...
(FULLERTON, Calif.) - Having grown up in Southern California, I have always been well aware of the brutality police officers are capable of. There are many evil horrendous cases of unaddressed police abuse in this country, but some, like the case of Kelly Thomas, the schizophrenic man recently tortured and beaten to death in Fullerton, California remind us that this police abuse is taking place right under our nose.
"I now regret ever having served as a law officer". Those are the words of Kelly Thomas's father, Ron Thomas, who is retired law enforcement. He now spends his time passing out flyers seeking information on the police who killed his son in an open neighborhood while the 37-year old victim screamed "dad" over and over again in vain.
Neighbors said Kelly was childlike and totally harmless. Regardless, even if he wasn't as innocent as he was, there are many witnesses and they all had matching statements and they are published below. If you visit the site fullertonsfuture.org you can see a transcript of witness descriptions.
Apparently it took investigators three weeks to conduct their first witness interview. This, while the killer gang of cops continue to roam and endanger the streets.
This is why groups like the Black Panthers came into power in Chicago and Oakland in the 1960's - because police were so terrible to people that it could only be controlled by confronting the police with weapons and following them to crime scenes.
I can only imagine the hundreds of thousands of kids in Southern California who fear police more than any criminal alive.
Police apparently thought he was connected to car burglaries, and he was scared of the police and he made a fatal mistake of running Tuesday 5 July. I say this is the worst yet, but then I said that when police opened fire on a Marine Veteran in Arizona a few months ago in a case of mistaken identity.
I can only say that this footage is tough, because it is of a man being beaten and tased to death by trusted members of the law enforcement community in an otherwise nice Orange County city.
But this is the area where I have seen police and deputies exhibit extreme abuse on human beings, so it isn't like I'm that surprised, but I am shocked by the images of this poor man as he lay dying in a hospital bed after the police who said he "resisted arrest" were done with him. The latest move has been to offer his family $900,000 in payment, would that be enough for a son?
The video from the police car or cars has not yet been released, and sources say at least one, actually controlled by a dispatcher, was zoomed in on the beating. The video has not been released and one voice of sanity there, Sharon Quirk-Silva with the Fullerton City Council, says, "release the video":
"As a member of the Fullerton City Council, and a mother, I am deeply disturbed by this tragic event. I am so sorry that this has happened in the city of Fullerton. I have talked to Mr. Ron Thomas to express my sympathy. I have demanded that all six officers be placed on administrative leave and that we fully investigate this incident.
"I have asked for detailed accounts of this event and to see the video and release the video.
"As a leader in Fullerton, I know that it is our job to be transparent, accountable, and to serve and protect our citizens.
"More than anything, I am committed to finding justice for Kelly Thomas.
"As a mother, I can only imagine the sheer pain that the family must be enduring right now. Not only losing a son, but dealing with such a horrifying death.
"My thought and prayers are with the Thomas Family and our community at this difficult time."
I feel so bad after watching the video that I have to cut this one short, Lord knows I have plenty to say about it, but I sense I really don't have to.
The FBI is now being asked to investigate the death and that is good, because if the Fullerton Police chief really can't find the decency to take these men off the street for the duration of the investigation, then he is very ill suited for his job.
Again, insiders say the chief Michael F. Sellers has full knowledge of the extent of this incident and clearly is not opting for public safety or integrity. There are also credible reports that he is a personal friend of the Orange County DA investigator on the case.
The Website fullertonsfuture.org writes:
According to this unsigned note that just came in to our website, Chief Sellers is a close personal friend of DA investigator Stan Berry, who was immediately assigned to the high-profile Fullerton case:
I suggest you check into the connection between Investigator Berry and FPD Chief Sellers. Sellers hired Berry when he was the Chief at Seal Beach PD. Sellers and his wife Rita Fraser-Sellers, are close personal friends with Berry and his wife, Kristen Berry, the Dispatch Supervisor in Seal Beach. They socialize together, vacation together and entertain each other in their respective homes.
Of all the DA investigators, why choose Berry, other than he will help cover for his friend.
This is a sad case.
If you are fragile or sensitive, by all means pass on the video.
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