As if watching the video of Kelly Thomas' beating wasn't enraging and gut-wrenching enough, a website called Arrest Angel just released a full transcript of what transpired on the evening of July 5, 2011. The document is 37 pages long and covers the security-camera video in its entirety: from the moment Thomas was first approached by Officer Manuel Ramos to when his limp and bloodied body was carried away by paramedics as the cops licked their “wounds.”
There is something eerie about reading the encounter as if it were a screenplay. Thomas' words cannot be minced, and yet the officers' responses to his eventual cries for mercy sound more like they're chatting over donuts than beating the shit out of a man.
Read the document in its entirety below.
You can also see the document on Arrest Angel's website. At this point in time, it appears to only work on Google Chrome and Firefox browsers. For more information on the Kelly Thomas trial, read R. Scott Moxley's breaking coverage straight from the courthouse.