[UPDATED with Fullerton Police Cite People For Honking At Protest:] Kelly Thomas' Story Goes National
UPDATE, SEPT. 10, 6:27 P.M.: Fullerton police officers have had little to no presence at the Kelly Thomas protests outside their building for the past several weeks.
Goodrich says the police department has received "numerous complaints from residents and businesses" about the protesters in the past few weeks. The department received a complaint from one motorist who said their kids were frightened by a protester running in the streets.
UPDATE, SEPT. 7, 10:53 A.M.: The personal injury attorney representing the family of Kelly Thomas has released to the media graphic new images depicting how Fullerton police officers killed the 37-year-old homeless man.
Garo Mardirossian maintains this evidence proves Thomas died of an assault by cops the attorney referred to as "brutal bullies," adding he hopes the release of the dead man's medical records will prompt prosecutors to take legal action against the arresting officers.
Asked by KTLA/Channel 5 reporter David Begnund what he believes was the cause of death based on the computer imaging, Mardirossian replied, "It is obvious that it was the brutal beating by these bullies, these Fullerton police officers.
The personal-injury lawyer first exposed the images on KTLA News at 10 last night:
"And the good officers -- I think not all six of these officers are equally culpable. There's got to be one or two of them that were not involved in the beating. Please, I beg of you, come forward, stop and break the code of silence. Come forward and tell us what happened. Tell us truth."
1) We demand the prosecution of Officers Jay Cicinelli, Kenton Hampton, Manny Ramos, Joe Wolfe, James Blatney, and anyone else involved in the gruesome beating, torture, and murder of Kelly Thomas.
2) We demand the immediate resignation of the Chief of Police in Fullerton, California.
3) We demand that the City of Fullerton immediately pay a lump sum settlement of no less than 5 million dollars to the legal survivors of Kelly Thomas.
The LA Times reports that the police department knew about the planned attacks and worked to fortify its website.
"We don't believe all six of these officers are equally culpable. We believe at least three were pretty bad. We're hoping that one or two of these officers will come forward and break the code of silence. Tell us what happened. Why did they continue to beat Kelly Thomas after he was completely motionless?"
UPDATED, AUGUST 10, 4:58 P.M.: Fullerton Police Chief Michael Sellers has been placed on medical leave, according to a statement just released by City Manager Joe Felz.
Captain Kevin Hamilton, commander of the detective division, has been named acting chief by Felz.
Sellers notified the city manager today that his doctor had placed him on medical leave, according to the statement. Click here to read the press release.
City Concilman Pat McKinley, who was Fullerton's police chief before Sellers, tells the Orange County Register that Sellers will not return.
That's fine with scores of residents who have been calling on the chief to step down in the wake of the Kelly Thomas beating.
- That the officers got to see a video of the incident while they were writing their reports of it.
- That the officer who did the most damage to Thomas is a onetime LAPD officer, who was shot in the eye years back. The informant says LAPD wouldn't let the officer keep working, and he retired, but was eventually hired by the Fullerton Police Department. (Dennis Romero at our sister paper, LA Weekly, ID'd the one-eyed officer as Jay Cicinelli.)
- That after the beating, the aforementioned officer allegedly bragged in the locker room about "beating the crap" out of Thomas.
- That the police reports were rewritten several times, as the higher-ups wanted to "clean up some things they didn't like."
- That the Fullerton Police Department has an ongoing problem with cover-ups and excessive "leeway."
To see a video of witnesses talking about what they saw a few minutes after the beating, and for other updates, check the Friends For Fullerton's Future blog.
The Weekly's previous coverage of Thomas' death:
- Calls for Resignation, Recall in Fullerton over Kelly Thomas Beating
Kelly's Heroes: Fullerton police savagely killed Kelly Thomas and businessman/blogger Tony Bushala isn't letting anyone forget
- "Justice for Kelly" Chanted at Vigil for Fullerton Police Brutality Victim
- Hundreds Protest Fullerton Police Brutality After Disgraceful Kelly Thomas Killing
- Protest Fullerton Police Brutality Today: Victim's Vigil Tonigh
- Fullerton Cops Involved in Death of Kelly Thomas Back On Duty
- Kelly Thomas' Officer-Involved Death Was Videotaped; Councilman Calls for Release to Public
- Kelly Thomas' Retired-Deputy Father Blasts Fullerton Police for 'Killing My Son'
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