Ron Thomas
Ron Thomas
R.Scott Moxley / OC Weekly

Ron Thomas Calls On 'Kelly's Army' to Stop Protesting in Front of Fullerton Police Department

Three months and many chants and honks later, Ron Thomas is calling for an end--or at least a hiatus--to the Saturday morning protests in front of the Fullerton Police Department. 

Thomas, whose son, Kelly, was beaten to death by Fullerton policemen, told the Weekly he plans to put out an announcement later today asking protesters not to show up on Saturday.

"At this point why would we be protesting? [The police] can't do anything. We can't force them, cause they have no control," Thomas says. 

Until Michael Gennaco, who was hired by the city to do an independent investigation into Thomas' beating and the department in general, releases a report, Thomas says, the police have their hands tied.

Acting Police Chief

Kevin Hamilton

can't make decisions regarding the status of the other four officers until he gets that report, Thomas says. "We can bug them, but if they can't do anything, they can't do anything." 

Thomas says he wants to give members of "Kelly's Army" a bit of a break on Saturdays, too. "People need to be with their families, it's so important. They need to take a break for a while and reunite when it comes time." 

Thomas stressed that this doesn't mean Kelly's Army has reached its end. "We can still do candlelight vigils and other things, but we've got to have a reason," Thomas said, adding that people can check the Kelly Thomas Memorial Fund website for future events.



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