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    Posted July 31, 2011 by
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    Fullerton Police Beat Homeless Man To Death Protest


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     KCRep attended a protest at Fullerton Police Department on July 30, 2011. Protesters demand the release of a video regarding the beating of a homeless man allegedly detained for car burglary. The man would die a week later of complications from the injuries. KCRep tells us, 'This so reminds me of the Rodney King beating, but Rodney lived.' Protesters also demand the release of the names of police officers involved.
    - elchueco, CNN iReport producer

    July 30th, 2011, citizens of Fullerton, Calif. are protesting in  front of the Fullerton Police Dept. for the brutal and fatal beating of a  37 year old transient man, Kelly Thomas, on July 5th.  Thomas was  beaten with flashlights and tasered several times.  There was an  anonymous call to the police that fateful night regarding burglarized  cars at the bus depot/Fullerton Amtrak station.  While attempting to  arrest Thomas, he resisted, it took 5 to 6 officers several min. to  subdue him.  Subdue him by beating him so bad he could not be recognized  (see picture).  There were several eye witnesses screaming at the officers to stop the beating,  Thomas was heard calling out "Dad Dad Dad" while the beating was taking place.   Thomas died less than a week later from his injuries.   Thomas had NO weapon, Thomas was a gentle soul.  I had several  encounters with him over the last 4 years, mainly at the store I worked  at.  Thomas's father was a police officer and he has been quoted as  saying he is ashamed to have been an officer.   The 5 to 6 officers  involved are being investigated.  The police dept. will not give out the  officers names.  There is a video out there, we want it released!


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    July 30th, 2011

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