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Members of the activist group and an organizer of a recent art show held to raise money for the Kelly Thomas Memorial Fund (KTMF) say questions over how donations are being spent have driven a wedge between Ron Thomas, the victim's father, and the group.
in July said the conflict reached a boiling point yesterday after
Thomas refused to honor a verbal agreement the two had regarding the
disbursement of donations from the event, which totaled $10,200.
“I wanted to get a promise from him prior to turning the money over,” said Baxter, who asked Thomas to sign a contract promising to donate a portion of the money within 30 days to local homelessness charities. Thomas refused to sign, according to Baxter who turned the money over to the foundation anyway.
(The foundation began in 2011 with the stated mission of dedicating assistance to homeless men, women and children of Orange County and is run by Mr. Thomas.)