Kelly's Army Strong

The eclectic mix of protesters demanding justice for Kelly Thomas still has battles to fight, even after two officers were charged in his death

Both Ron and Cathy Thomas say they know the pressure of Kelly's Army, which protested twice in front of the DA's office, didn't hurt. But, more than anything, they say it's the personal support that means the most to them. Asked to express what Kelly's Army means to him, Ron paused, then said, "Well it means a bunch of things. It means I'm not alone; it means there's hope; it means there's support. They're out there, pouring their hearts out. A lot of energy out there, and it keeps me going."

And, Kelly's Army will keep going, members say, at least until some action is taken against the four officers who weren't charged. And even if that time comes, you can count on them not to go away. Many members plan to redirect their efforts into advocating for the homeless.

"We're taking our negative energy and turning it into something positive," Walker says. "The world is now a different place because of Kelly Thomas and what happened to him, and I think that people are going to stand up and do what's right and take care of one another."

Members of Kelly's Army march between memorial site and Fullerton Police Department
Marisa Gerber
Members of Kelly's Army march between memorial site and Fullerton Police Department

This article appeared in print as "Kelly's Army Strong: The eclectic mix of protesters demanding justice for Kelly Thomas still has battles to fight."

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