By On the occasion of our 20th anniversary
By Gustavo Arellano
By R. Scott Moxley
By Alfonso Delgado
By Courtney Hamilton
By Joel Beers
By Peter Maguire
By Charles Lam
Except perhaps over at Register headquarters, we all know the answer to this question: At least a half-dozen, fully armed, veteran cops—supposedly with extensive training in de-escalating situations and subduing people—honestly ran out of options with a relatively petite, unarmed, homeless man who didn't initiate the violence?
Let's place a call to the Orange County Sheriff's Regional Training Facility for rookie cops and ask to see the textbook chapter on smashing faces to hell.
That really won't be necessary, will it? Despite Whiting's bootlicking and handwringing and the clever gobbledygook of high-priced defense lawyers, Thomas did not die because he fearfully tried to flee violence-hungry cops. He prematurely died because some immature officers believed they were free to inflict whatever damage they wished on a defenseless human being—and that no one would hold them accountable for being thugs.
This article appeared in print as "Cop Beat: The Orange County Register can't stop defending the Fullerton cops who beat Kelly Thomas to death."