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    Posted July 11, 2014 by
    KCRep
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    Fullerton, California
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    Protests around the world

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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     KCRep has been following the Kelly Thomas case since in began. She documented protesters outside the Fullerton Police Department in California, calling for justice for Thomas, earlier this year. Thomas was a homeless man who was diagnosed with schizophrenia and was allegedly beaten to death by three members of the Fullerton Police Department in July 2011. In January 2014, two former members of the police department were acquitted of second-degree murder charges in the case surrounding Thomas' death.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    Protesting in front of the Fullerton Police Dept. Six police officers beat to death a homeless, defenseless mentally ill Kelly Thomas three years and 6 days ago. Three officers were cleared and three were fired but found not guilty in court. Federal charges may still be filed though. This is one of many protests held in Fullerton over the last three years. Up until this last protest, the police had basically left us all alone. During this protest the police got involved even calling a swat team in. Walking down major streets, especially without a permit, was the reason the police got involved. Most left quietly but a few didn't and were arrested. This video was taken by me at the protest, it was the last protest before the verdict came down.

     

    We were all walking down a major street in Fullerton, Harbor Blvd, blocking traffic on one side and stifling traffic on the other side from lookie lou's. Walking to the freeway about two miles away was the plan, but someone nixed that, good thing because we all would have been arrested, that is one busy busy street leading up to Disneyland. The cops ended up coming with the swat team and everyone except a few left. About 12 protesters were arrested for not leaving in a "timely manner".

     

    The last picture is the 3 years standing memorial to Kelly Thomas at the exact spot he was killed.

     

     

    Video and pictures taken by me KCRep

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