After months of denials and ridiculing the OC Weekly and others, Slidebar owner Jeremy Popoff finally admitted on KFI's John and Ken Show that one of his employees did, in fact, call police the night Kelly Thomas was brutally beaten by six Fullerton Police officers to death. Good job, Jeremy! ] Popoff had denied again and […]
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Fullerton Police Finally Release Records per Mental Health Advocates' Request–But Are They Holding Back?
As promised, activists with Mind(ful) Liberation Project (MLP) have posted 22 pages of documents obtained from the Fullerton Police Department online. Prompted by the Kelly Thomas killing nearly a year ago, the organization filed a records-request for materials related to entry-level training and refresher courses on mental illness that officers receive. It went without formal […]
[UPDATE: Moxley Skeptical of Case] Did Officer Manuel Ramos Warm Up on a Disabled Man Before The Kelly Thomas Killing?
UPDATE, 2:37 P.M.: I can't vouch for this lawsuit. For 19 hours, Russell R. Arens–the 1988 University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law graduate who is the plaintiff's lawyer–knowingly ignored five calls to answer simple questions. That conduct makes me leery of the merits of the suit. After additional investigation, my prediction: The Fullerton […]
**CLICK HERE FOR THE OC WEEKLY'S COMPLETE KELLY THOMAS ARCHIVES** Today, the world finally got to see security footage of Fullerton police officers beating Kelly Thomas to death, a case that has sparked worldwide outrage. The video–complete with Thomas pleading for his life–is after the jump. WARNING: Not for the faint of heart, but something […]
During the first hour of today's preliminary hearing for two Fullerton Police Department officers accused of criminally killing a homeless man last July, the biggest news came from a paramedic who first treated exceptionally minor scratches and bruises on cops before trying to save the brutalized, dying victim. Under questioning by prosecutor Jim Tanizaki, Fullerton […]
When the men in the black pickup truck yelled “come here” to pedestrian Hugo Flores at 12:40 a.m. in Sept. 2008, the Fullerton gangster had three handicaps that would make the chance encounter a life-altering experience. Flores–who'd just turned 18 years old–was high on methamphetamine, suffered poor vision and, the clincher, possessed a partially loaded, […]
The lawyer for the mother of Kelly Thomas, the 37-year-old homeless man beaten to death by Fullerton police officers last July–told a judge today that District Attorney Tony Rackauckas is playing “inexplicable” games with his client's victim rights to access prosecution evidence. According to Cathy Thomas attorney Brian N. Gurwitz, the DA privately offered in January […]
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 packed house, Michael Gennaco, a former U.S. Attorney, […]
Are Fullerton cops involved in a vehicle towing scam? The answer is yes, according to a Jan. 13 lawsuit filed by Rowland Heights-based Safeway Towing Services, Inc. [DBA Bob's Towing]. In the seven-page suit, company lawyer Neil C. Evans of Sherman Oaks claims that cops began to systematically harass and intimidate its drivers after the […]
The claim that a Slidebar Rock-N-Roll Kitchen employee may have inadvertently helped ignite the brutal, July 5 killing of a homeless man by Fullerton cops is not true, according to Slidebar co-owner Jeremy Popoff. In a Dec. 29 phone message to the Weekly in response to months of seeking an interview, Popoff–who is also a […]
An Orange County Superior Court judge has ordered prosecutors to explain a decision to block Kelly Thomas' mother from her right to inspect law enforcement files about the gruesome Fullerton police killing of her son in July. Court records obtained by the Weekly show that Judge Linda S. Marks told District Attorney Tony Rackauckas that […]
The mother of Kelly Thomas–the homeless man savagely killed by Fullerton police in July–is suing the lawman who is prosecuting two cops in the case. This week, Cathy Thomas filed a lawsuit in Orange County Superior Court in hopes of forcing District Attorney Tony Rackauckas to reverse an October decision that blocked her access to records […]
Fullertonians Plan To Read Weekly's Cover Story About Their Police Department's Culture of Violence At Tomorrow's Council Meeting
The Friends For Fullerton's Future blog is asking people to show up to tomorrow's city council meeting with a copy of the OCWeekly in hand. In the FFFF blog post, they ask people to be there for the public comment portion of the meeting, where they will “read into record,” the recent Weekly cover story detailing the Fullerton […]
Jay Cicinelli, Fullerton Police Officer Charged in Kelly Thomas' Death, Won't Have His LAPD Pension Reviewed
Even though Fullerton stopped paying Cpl. Jay Cicinelli on Oct. 8 — three months after he and other Fullerton cops beat Kelly Thomas to death — he's still getting a fatty pension paycheck. And, today's vote by the board that oversees cop pensions in LA, ensured that that's not gonna change anytime soon. While on […]
Following in Fullerton's Footsteps? Downey Police Mistakenly Stop, Kill Unarmed Man; Public Protests At City Council Meetings
A community is crying foul and following in Fullerton's footsteps. On Oct. 22, a Downey police officer gunned down Michael Nida, a father of four who had spent the day celebrating his birthday, according to a Los Angeles Wave story. Police stopped Nida for his alleged connection to an armed robbery that had happened earlier […]
The members of Sederra couldn't sit idly by. Not when it was in their hometown, and not when it was someone they were familiar with. The Fullerton-based punk-rock quintet may not be a household name, but around town, people know who they are, and they were going to use their modicum of notoriety to stand […]
Pat McKinley Teaches Women Self-Defense, Calls Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct By A Cop 'A Touching Thing,' Not 'Dangerous'
At a Monday night event in Brea, Pat McKinley, ex-Fullerton Police Chief and current city councilman, taught women about self-defense. For $5, the attendees joined the ranks of hundreds of other women who have learned McKinley's animalistic self-protection methods. In fact, McKinley published a book titled She Bear, which according to its description on Amazon, […]
At a council meeting in Fullerton last week, a man said he thought the “flood gates” of complaints against the police department had only just started. Well, it looks like he might be right. A 23-year-old Fullerton College student was allegedly arrested on false charges of public drunkenness in August of 2008 and then beat […]
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 several others showed up for a town-hall style […]
Did Fullerton Police Chief Michael Sellers Violate His Contract By Not Moving To Fullerton From San Clemente?
At this point, further tarnishing of Fullerton Police Chief Michael Sellers' reputation just adds insult to injury — after all, he is on medical leave. Property records show that Sellers lives in San Clemente, about 40 miles from his job. Of course, this isn't any big secret. The last line of Sellers' bio on the […]
At last night's city council meeting, almost a year after four Fullerton police officers wrongfully raided her home, Robyn Nordell got the apology and policy change she's been waiting for. Last October, while working at her computer, Nordell noticed a man at her back door. She says she feared a home invasion, and was further […]