Dan Hughes, Fullerton's acting chief of police, delivered a statement last night to the city council, effectively clearing mentally ill homeless Kelly Thomas of wrongdoing before cops beat him to death on July 5, 2011. "There is no evidence, of which the Fullerton Police Department is now ... More >>
UPDATE, Feb. 21, 2012, 12:30P.M.: According to Fullerton Police Sgt. Andrew Goodrich, police have no reports of a rape occurring in the Hillcrest Park area on Friday night. The spokesman said the department took a report of a possible sexual assault, which occurred Friday afternoon near Buena Par ... More >>
The attorney charged with independently reviewing the police response to the Kelly Thomas killing presented his first report tonight to a special session meeting of the Fullerton city council and cleared the police of a cover up. Flanked by rows of buzzing television cameras in front of a pa ... More >>
[Mental Notes] What does this have to do with the Kelly Thomas case?
For most drunks, there's nothing remarkable about getting banned from a downtown Fullerton bar. Shit, stroll along Harbor on Friday between the hours of midnight and 2 a.m., and you'll see sidewalks teeming with wayward boozers, some spilling urine and other bodily fluids along the planters. But ... More >>
Mary may be the mother of God, but the Fullerton Police don't care. That's according to a local resident who said an annual neighborhood event to honor the Virgin of Guadalupe, Mary's mestizo manifestation was rudely crashed by beat cops just after midnight on Monday morning.Carmen Medellin ... More >>
Off to better places you go, kid...For the past three years, the Weekly has given kiddies straight out of college an opportunity to do a six-month stint with us at a reporter's salary. Our first person was Spencer Kornhaber, who wrote THE definitive piece on Birfer queen Orly Taitz, was a staffer ... More >>
Long before officers beat Kelly Thomas to death, the city's cops ran roughshod over anyone and everyone
UPDATE, NOV. 10, 5:29 P.M.:Today Fullerton police released a sketch of a man suspected of sexually assaulting a Fullerton College student last month. The man, who didn't know his victim, came up behind her, shoved his hand up her skirt and grabbed both her buttocks and genital area, police s ... More >>
No one seems to think it was sinister, but certainly "very, very strange." Yesterday afternoon, Ron Thomas stopped by a coffee shop in downtown Fullerton--only a five-minute or so walk from the Fullerton Transportation Center where cops beat his son, Kelly, to death in July. Thomas and sever ... More >>
A U.S. district court judge's decision earlier this week further tainted the already ailing image of the Fullerton Police Department.In a court document posted on the Friends For Fullerton's Future blog, U.S. District Judge Andrew J. Guilford writes some cutting words about the department and the ... More >>
UPDATE, SEPT. 15, 3:46 P.M.: The FBI was already on the lookout for the man arrested at the end of today's hour-long chase."Preliminary investigation shows it was the same individual today as the 'Triple Threat Bandit,'" says FBI spokeswoman Ari Dekofsky. Today, the man allegedly robbed Farm ... More >>
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. Today, however, they stepped up enforcement and issued citations to three motorists who honked as they drove past the protest. ... More >>
The death of Kelly Thomas has put a spotlight on how cops treat the mentally ill
As the Kelly Thomas beating death in Fullerton has put interactions between law enforcement and the mentally ill under a microscope, we wondered just how well-prepared OC's cops were to deal with such situations. Turns out that California's Mental Health Services Act funds a two-day train ... More >>
Kelly Thomas RIPAll but one of the Fullerton police officers who were involved in the death of Kelly Thomas, the schizophrenic transient who died of multiple injuries to his face and neck after being arrested July 5, are back to work. According to an Orange County Register story today, Fullerton' ... More >>
Kelly Thomas RIPKelly Thomas RIPAll but one of the Fullerton police officers who were involved in the death of Kelly Thomas, the schizophrenic transient who died of multiple injuries to his face and neck after being arrested July 5, are back to work. According to an Orange County Register stor ... More >>
UPDATE, JULY 18, 7:12 P.M.: The Fullertonian's Alex Stouffer was at this afternoon's Fullerton Police Department protest with camera in hand, and some of the resulting shots have been graciously shared with the Weekly.Among those who turn up in Stouffer's lens is Ron Thomas, the father of 37-year ... More >>
Fullerton police officer Kelly Janeth Mejia was arrested last month for allegedly stealing an iPad from another traveler at a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint at Miami International Airport.This week, the six-year veteran of the department was placed on paid administrati ... More >>
Courtesy of FPDSergio Camacho GonzalezUPDATE, MARCH 25, 10:20 A.M.: The Fullerton Police Department (FPD) announced an arrest has been made in the September 2010 murder of Andrew Petrusiak, who was also known as Andrew Pieatrucat.Sergio Camacho Gonzalez, 36, is accused of beating 56-year-old Petr ... More >>
UPDATE: The victim is identified (see end of post) . . . Fullerton Police were called the morning of Sept. 27 about the body of a man found in the alley of an industrial area, in the 1800 block of West Commonwealth Avenue between Brookhurst Road and Gilbert Street.
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