- Posted July 31, 2011 by
Fullerton Police Beat Homeless Man To Death Protest
- 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!
Pictures by KCRep
July 30th, 2011