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    Posted August 13, 2011 by
    KCRep
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    Fullerton, California
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Boot camp: Pick your story

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    Memorial For Kelly Thomas Beaten To Death By Fullerton Police

     

    Boot Camp Story Pitch

    My Story is about a homeless Fullerton man that was beaten to death by six Fullerton Police officers. This story is very similar to the Rodney King beating years ago.  This story has garnered international attention.  I will present my story in a way that is fresh with new information whenever I receive it.   I live in Fullerton and have for over 22 yrs.  I will be attending all the protests, vigils and city council meetings regarding this story.  I want to be a part of this years boot camp because I learned so much at last years, I know I can learn so much more.

     

     

    On July 5th, 2011 Kelly Thomas, a homeless unarmed 37 yr. old 135 lb man was beaten to death by six Fullerton Police officers.  He was tasered as many as five times, beaten with police flashlights and his face slammed into the curb.  He had at least two different brain injures and his face was so damaged his family couldn't recognize him.  His father, after five days in the hospital, had his life support turned off and he passed away.

     

    During the savage attack by these officers, witnesses heard him crying out "dad dad dad".  There is also a witness video where you can hear him calling for his dad.

     

    This very slight man was no threat to even one officer let alone six.  The pictures above (see all) are of the exact spot Kelly was murdered by these officers.  People have brought balloons, candles, placards, water, can goods, clothes, blankets, stuffed animals and much more to this memorial at the Fullerton Transportation Center.  ANyone in need of any of these items are welcome to them.  What a fitting memorial to this man.

     

    Rest in Peace Kelly Thomas, you will not be forgotten.

     

    To see my original report on this story click here

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-644144

     

     

     

    Pictures by KCRep

    Aug. 13th, 2011

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