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."

 

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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I Have Questions
I Have Questions

First, let me say I support the filing of charges against the officers.

However, when will the dozens of journalists who interview Ron Thomas on a regular basis clarify the following issues:

1. It's been widely reported that Ron Thomas was a OCSD Deputy for six years, then retired. When will someone actually nail him down on his employment? How long did he work there? What was his rank? Did he retire, not make probation, get fired, etc.? If the employment separation was not of his own choosing, then what happened? Many commenters who seem to have knowledge said he failed to pass probation and his employment was brief.

2. Ron claims he trains police officers in tactics. Proof? When, where, what, how long, etc.?

3. Ron has said in the past that he will donate ALL proceeds from a civil suit to forming a foundation committed to providing services to mentally ill homeless, yet doesn't seem to say this lately. Has his intention regarding a civil suit settlement changed?

4. Ron seems to be absent in most photographs of Kelly. Is Ron a blood relative? Just how much time - months, years, etc. - did Ron actually live with Kelly?

5. Ron says he is a contractor - yet there is only one "Ronald Thomas" listed as on Orange County licensed contactor at the Contactor's State License Board, and he is a resident of Huntington Beach, not Cypress, which is where Thomas' lives. Just what is his history?

I say this because Ron seems to be something other than what he has claimed in interviews in the past. I question the nature of his relationship with Kelly (RIP), his employment, his motives, and pretty much everything about him. When will some of these journalists clarify these issues?

Carlashworth
Carlashworth

thanks to Tony Bushala's blogsite Friends for Fullerton Future, Kelly Thomas beating death by Fullerton police officers was not hid by Fullerton's civic leaders and their entourage

Joe Blow
Joe Blow

Ron, Ron, Ron. Seems like you have a crush on Ron. Why not come out to one of the protests on Saturday & ask him yourself? Its not like Ron or anyone else in Kelly's Army is hiding. "Same Bat-time, Same Bat-channel." I guess that could be said about all the police apologists as well. Questioning Ron or talking trash on the family is all you have left. Sad, but it won't change the fact that FPD is going down. Kelly's Army will win the war. Its far from over.

Also, what does Ron Thomas have to do with Fullerton PD murdering Kelly Thomas?

Soho_d J
Soho_d J

And you seem to be nothing but a cop prick troll, go fuck yerself!

Jacob
Jacob

Who cares about Ron's past employment. It has nothing to do with officers beating his son to death. This is not about Ron. Its about FPD and it's rogue officers. How about interviewers contact the parents of the cops that murdered Kelly? Then you'll see how narcissism and "good ole boy" hiring leads to an above the law, corrupt, police department. Happens everywhere.

Retired Enlisted Man
Retired Enlisted Man

It's good when a community will come together. But, ask yourself. If it was a slain police officer who had been wrongly killed, would you protest in honor of the officer, or are you ONLY protesting because it was police violence?

If you can answer fairly that you would protest any injustice, then I would think you are fair as opposed to against law enforcement using this as an opportunity to bash the fine men in blue.

I say this as a retired US Military enlisted man and not a police officer.

Soho_d J
Soho_d J

Cops sign on to do this job why should anyone worship them as heros? If it had been a slain cop I'm sure the mainstream media would have dragged out the usual hero bs. So don't try and be clever. Lately the fine men in blue seem to be acting above the law all over America. People like you rarely see the real situation & love to moan about the tough job cops get paid to do. Of course people are protesting police violence you moron! Cops aren't paid to be violent towards innocent citizens even if the have no address. The fact that you add that you were in the military makes me wonder if you too feel you should be treated as a hero.

mitch young.
mitch young.

exactly.. dont sign up to want to be a hero than cry when something happens.. Be a man

 
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