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Tue May 8, 2012, 02:06 PM

Police Brutally Beat Mentally Ill California Man in Released Video

Source: OCWeekly / Raw Story

Police brutally beat mentally ill California man in released video

By Stephen C. Webster
Tuesday, May 8, 2012 10:20 EDT

Video revealing the circumstances of how a mentally ill homeless man in Fullerton, Calif. died last July was finally published Monday, revealing a stunningly brutal police assault that left Kelly Thomas bleeding, broken and near death.

In the video, one of the officers can be heard telling Thomas, who was schizophrenic, “See my fists? They’re getting ready to start fucking you up.” When he doesn’t immediately comply and instead stands up, another officer charges in and hits him with a baton, and a scuffle ensues.

For the next approximately eight minutes, Thomas is pinned by the two officers, then up to as many as four more arrive and pile on. As Thomas pleads for mercy and complains that he cannot breathe, he’s tased and punched repeatedly. The treatment continues until Thomas’s cries morph into inaudible grunts and moans.

He was comatose after the beating, and died five days later after being taken off life support. Needless to say, the video is not for the faint of heart.


Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/05/08/mentally-ill-california-man-brutally-beaten-by-police-in-released-video/

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Hissyspit May 2012 OP
truebrit71 May 2012 #1
villager May 2012 #13
truedelphi May 2012 #2
KansDem May 2012 #3
polly7 May 2012 #11
redqueen May 2012 #23
Judi Lynn May 2012 #25
KansDem May 2012 #26
Ecumenist May 2012 #35
abolugi May 2012 #12
hifiguy May 2012 #15
tblue37 May 2012 #20
Judi Lynn May 2012 #4
polly7 May 2012 #5
truebrit71 May 2012 #8
freshwest May 2012 #6
Uncle Joe May 2012 #7
EFerrari May 2012 #9
xtraxritical May 2012 #10
hifiguy May 2012 #14
frylock May 2012 #16
Smilo May 2012 #17
pacalo May 2012 #30
Dawson Leery May 2012 #18
YvonneCa May 2012 #19
Smilo May 2012 #22
YvonneCa May 2012 #24
pacalo May 2012 #31
bupkus May 2012 #21
go west young man May 2012 #27
Downtown Hound May 2012 #28
AsahinaKimi May 2012 #29
Prometheus Bound May 2012 #32
U4ikLefty May 2012 #33
Odin2005 May 2012 #34

Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue May 8, 2012, 02:13 PM

1. Wow...that's a whole bunch of "bad apples"...

...it's almost like there's a trend or something....

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Response to truebrit71 (Reply #1)

Tue May 8, 2012, 03:03 PM

13. It's the "good apples" who are the exceptions.

n/t

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue May 8, 2012, 02:17 PM

2. So very sad. What can anylne do to chnge the world

When the people in charge have no training regarding the mentally ill?
And they have hearts of stone?

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue May 8, 2012, 02:19 PM

3. Isn't it time for a "Stand Your Ground" law to stop these murderous bastards? (graphic)



Why should I stand pacifically and allow rogue cops to beat me to death? Shouldn't I be permitted to defend myself?


To protect and serve...

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Response to KansDem (Reply #3)

Tue May 8, 2012, 02:56 PM

11. I just wanted to be sure a picture of him before was here, too

... he could have been anyone's son, brother, uncle ... friend.

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Response to polly7 (Reply #11)

Tue May 8, 2012, 03:36 PM

23. Thank you.

God this is heartbreaking.

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Response to polly7 (Reply #11)

Tue May 8, 2012, 04:14 PM

25. Thank you for posting the photo taken before the police killed him. n/t

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Response to polly7 (Reply #11)

Tue May 8, 2012, 05:12 PM

26. "Dad"

... he could have been anyone's son, brother, uncle ... friend.

That makes this particularly poignant--

The incident

On July 5, 2011, at about 8:30 PM, officers of the Fullerton Police Department responded to a call of someone vandalizing cars near the Fullerton Transportation Center. While investigating, they encountered the shirtless and disheveled Thomas and attempted to search him. According to statements given by the officers, Thomas was uncooperative and resisted when they attempted to search him, so backup was called. The officers then repeatedly shocked Thomas with Tasers, beat him with the butts of the Tasers and flashlights, and slammed him into the ground. A video of the event surfaced, and Thomas can be heard repeatedly screaming in pain while officers tasered him (up to five times according to a witness statement) in the video, and screaming "Dad! Dad!". Six officers were involved in subduing Thomas, who was unarmed and had a history of mental illness. Thomas was initially taken to St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton but was transferred immediately to the UC Irvine Medical Center with severe injuries to his head, face, and neck.

Orange County district attorney Tony Rackauckas gave a detailed account of the events during a press conference on September 21, 2011. Using digital audio recording devices carried by the officers, surveillance video from a pole camera at the Fullerton Transportation Center, and other evidence, Rackauckas provided evidence that Thomas did comply with orders from Officer Ramos, who had put on latex gloves and asked Thomas "Now see my fists? They are getting ready to fuck you up." Rackauckas went on to describe how Thomas begged for his life, before being beaten to death.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Kelly_Thomas

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Response to polly7 (Reply #11)

Wed May 23, 2012, 01:59 AM

35. What a beautiful, beautiful man and look what those monsters did to him! I know that it isn't

universally accepted here on DU but if ever someone has deserved the death penalty, those two fuckers do! Bless his heart!

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Response to KansDem (Reply #3)

Tue May 8, 2012, 03:01 PM

12. NO WORDS!!!!!

just tears....

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Response to KansDem (Reply #3)

Tue May 8, 2012, 03:17 PM

15. The cold dead eyes are a total giveaway as to

what kind of people these "officers" are. Neither one of these fuckwads should ever see the outside of a prison again.

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Response to KansDem (Reply #3)

Tue May 8, 2012, 03:21 PM

20. Can they really be called "rogue" cops when such brutality seems to be

"not a bug but a feature"?

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue May 8, 2012, 02:28 PM

4. He was completely alone. No one to rescue him from these defenders of the peace. n/t

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #4)

Tue May 8, 2012, 02:34 PM

5. I can't even imagine what his father must have felt knowing his

son was calling out to him. I couldn't get through beyond the first few minutes, it's one of the most heartbreaking videos I've ever seen.

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Response to polly7 (Reply #5)

Tue May 8, 2012, 02:40 PM

8. That's the part that got me too...

...murderous fucking scumbags..

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue May 8, 2012, 02:36 PM

6. The other target of such people is the developmentally disabled.

The schools and neighborhoods have plenty of bullies to beat them up, too. And then they wonder why they 'go off.'

Personally, I'd run if anyone who looked like those cops got close to me, but a person of diminished capacity from DD or mental health issues is not usually mindful enough of their surroundings and the danger they may face.

They are easy targets for those who want to eliminate them from the gene pool.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue May 8, 2012, 02:38 PM

7. Fucking disgraceful!



Thanks for the thread, Hissyspit.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue May 8, 2012, 02:42 PM

9. I can't watch another video of someone begging the police for their life.

Motherf#ckers.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue May 8, 2012, 02:50 PM

10. It's time for a full on revolution in this country, fuck occupy.

 

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue May 8, 2012, 03:07 PM

14. "To protect and serve," my ass.

The only thing cops "protect and serve" is the interests of the moneyed classes. Everyone else is fair game.

Its the 90% of cops that give the other 10% a bad name.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue May 8, 2012, 03:18 PM

16. fuck tha police

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue May 8, 2012, 03:19 PM

17. I couldn't bring myself to watch the video

..... but seeing the pictures I am crying to think that this poor man had his life brutally ended by some thugs who happen to wear a uniform.

Where is the justice for people such as Kelly?

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Response to Smilo (Reply #17)

Wed May 9, 2012, 12:36 AM

30. I finally broke down & watched half of it. It's even worse than you can imagine.

The police had the mentality of a pack of sixth graders who found an insect & stomped it over & over for the heck of it.

The guy had a slight build & wasn't fighting back. He wouldn't have been able to fight back if he wanted to, because each officer was stocky (like the sadistic prison guard in "Midnight Express").

When it came to the part where the homeless man began calling, "Help me, Dad!", over & over, that was it for me.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue May 8, 2012, 03:19 PM

18. F*** them and the FOP!

"Pigs only squeal after they are caught."

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue May 8, 2012, 03:19 PM

19. Kelly Thomas' story is horrible, but what doesn't get enough coverage...

...IMO is how this was reported. People on a nearby bus witnessed it, told the driver so it was reported. Then they SHOWED UP at every hearing and city council meeting demanding that people responsible were held accountable. Local media DID THEIR JOB and reported actual news of every hearing, meeting and protest by Fullerton citizens. IMO, that's what citizenship requires of all of us.

Edited because I forgot the link. http://articles.latimes.com/2011/aug/02/local/la-me-0803-fullerton-death-20110803

My condolences to Kelly's whole family.

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Response to YvonneCa (Reply #19)

Tue May 8, 2012, 03:36 PM

22. Thank you for posting and giving insight.

I also send condolences to Kelly's family and friends.

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Response to Smilo (Reply #22)

Tue May 8, 2012, 04:14 PM

24. You are very welcome! n/t

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Response to YvonneCa (Reply #19)

Wed May 9, 2012, 12:57 AM

31. Thanks for the link. Be sure to check out the pictures, which includes several of

Kelly Thomas' father, Ron, a retired sheriff's deputy. The good & bad characters could have come from a movie.

It's incredible that only two officers out of six were charged. Every officer involved should have been locked up.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue May 8, 2012, 03:32 PM

21. You know what's going to happen to those cops?

 

Nothing.

Nothing is going to happen to them.

America the beautiful.

"A drab of state, a cloth-o-silver slut, To have her train borne up, and her soul trail in the dirt"
- Henry David Thoreau

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue May 8, 2012, 05:36 PM

27. There's not much difference between the cops and the bad guys these days.

They both roam in packs, do what they want, inflict pain and misery on innocent people, and usually get away with their crimes. The country has gone to shite. The police force we have is now being made up of vets returning from two ridiculous wars who will apply their combat training at home. Taser deaths are increasing, police beatings and shootings are increasing, violations of civil rights are increasing. America needs to wake up before it's too late. Two things cops have down pat. 1) sitting in their car generating revenue with speeding tickets, 2) being power tripping assholes.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue May 8, 2012, 05:54 PM

28. Hmmm... yet a few more bad apples

There sure seems to be a lot of those in the police.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Tue May 8, 2012, 08:18 PM

29. I guess the idea of being executed

without a trial, judge and jury is fast becoming a trend. This is where the Republicans want to take us...

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 01:22 AM

32. Man that fills me with a terrible combination of hate and sorrow.

An eye for an eye seems appropriate.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 01:59 AM

33. This is one of the reasons we Occupy.

This type of brutality is not as rare as one may think.

Talk to the immigrant or homeless communities and you'll hear some fucked up stories.

Their cries also go unheard.

This made me upset all over again...he's crying for his dad. God help us!!!

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 08:19 AM

34. There are no words!

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