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Eric B



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Police beat and taser a homeless mentally ill man to death.

Warning: There is a very graphic picture in the article of his disfigured face.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2019225/Kelly-Thomas-Police-beat-taser-gentle-mentally-ill-homeless-man-death.html
Post Fri Jul 29, 2011 9:31 am
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Limbs



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I don't want to see the pic. Do some copy and pasting anyone?
Post Fri Jul 29, 2011 12:19 pm
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That video clip is pretty useless but, man, that picture is horrific.
Post Fri Jul 29, 2011 12:22 pm
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Limbs wrote:
I don't want to see the pic. Do some copy and pasting anyone?


I saw it earlier and it fucked up my day. This time I scrolled past it quickly but even seeing it while scrolling for, like, a 100th of a second re-implanted the image in my mind.



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Caught on tape: Police beat and taser 'gentle' mentally-ill homeless man to death
By RACHEL QUIGLEY
Last updated at 9:12 AM on 29th July 2011

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A shocking video has been released allegedly showing police officers tasering and beating a homeless man to death who they claim was resisting arrest.
Though the video is not clear, eye witnesses say the homeless man - Kelly Thomas, 37 - was unable to put up any resistance and was lying on the ground on his front when the attack took place on July 5.
His screams and cries for his father can be heard amid the tasering noises.
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Dead: Mentally ill homeless man Kelly Thomas, 37, was beaten and tasered to death by police for allegedly 'resisting arrest'

Shocking: This picture shows the extent of the injuries Thomas received after being beaten up by six police officers
The video was shot by a student in Fullerton, California. Kelly Thomas was beaten so badly he died in hospital several days later.
According to Gawker, Thomas - who suffered from schizophrenia - caught the attention of the police after someone reported that a burglar was breaking into cars parked near a Fullerton bus station.
When officers approached Thomas in the depot parking lot and tried to arrest him, he resisted.

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Caught on tape: Police 'stripped unarmed man naked, kicked, beat and tasered him as he lay screaming in snow'
After that reports diverge.
Police will not issue a statement saying the issue is under investigation but they did say that six officers were involved and two 'suffered broken bones in the fight'.
However, they recently retracted that statement saying that it was only 'soft tissue damage'.


Video: Thomas' body can be made out surrounded by officers on the ground as a woman screams at them to stop as they taser him for the fifth time

Father: Ron Thomas has been passing out flyers seeking answers near the scene where the run-in with police left his son brain-damaged
Eye witnesses at the scene claim the six officers tasered him five times and beat him beyond recognition, which the disturbing photo of him in hospital shows.
Mark Turgeon, who was there, said: 'They kept beating him and tasering him. I could hear zapping, and he wasn't even moving.
'He had one arm in front of him like this, he wasn't resisting. And they kept telling him, "He's resisting, quit resisting", and he wasn't resisting.'
Many members of the Fullerton community described Thomas as a passive, peaceful person.
'The only thing we have left of our son is the blood in the gutter, that's all we have left'
On the website Fullerton Stories, several people have shared their experiences interacting with Thomas, describing him as 'very quiet and polite', 'gentle and childlike', 'sweet', and 'never a threat'.
Thomas has a previous conviction for assault with a deadly weapon 16 years ago, according to Gawker, which has been attributed to the onset of his illness.
Since his death, his family and members of the community have held protests outside the police department headquarters, looking for answers.
Two officers were suspended shortly after the attack but police will not confirm if it was related to the 37-year-old's death.
Speaking about his son's death, Thomas's dad, Ron Thomas, a former sheriff's deputy, said: 'His death was gang-involved, the way I see it. A gang of rogue officers who brutally beat my son to death.'
He said he now feels ashamed for having ever been a law enforcement officer.
He has been in the area his son was attacked handing out flyers and asking people for help.
He said: 'The only thing we have left of our son is the blood in the gutter, that's all we have left.'
Local city council member Bruce Whitaker has called for a 'clear, factual and complete explanation of events which led to the death of Kelly J. Thomas.'
He also wants the D.A. to release a police video that apparently shows the actual beating taking place.
Fullerton police Sgt Andrew Goodrich said that Thomas began to fight officers as they tried to search him.
He said: 'We don't know why he was so combative and resistant to the officers, but it took upwards of five to six officers to subdue him.
'Sometimes when we take people into custody who don't want to go into custody, we have to use force. It is never the preferred way of doing things.'
He said police are conducting an internal investigation into the officers' actions and the District Attorney's Office is conducting a criminal investigation.
The DA's office said they cannot comment on details of cases until they are completed.
Post Fri Jul 29, 2011 12:57 pm
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Dr Sagacious



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Senseless brutal apes.
Post Fri Jul 29, 2011 1:49 pm
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Fucking hell. Serve and protect, my ass. This is Fullerton PD's motto:

"We are committed to the safety of our community through problem solving partnerships, emphasizing a prompt response, a caring attitude, and a visible presence."

Good work, boys. Another harmless homeless man off the streets. The visceral brutish mentality ingrained into police officers is staggering in its reprehensible nature. Fuckers like these cops are a detriment to the community, more so than Kelly Thomas. You know the police state is tightening up when cops can act with what amounts to impunity.
Post Fri Jul 29, 2011 2:18 pm
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Limbs



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Thanks. Now I'm sick just reading that.
Post Fri Jul 29, 2011 3:18 pm
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firefly



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Fucking bullshit man.

Just about a month ago, cops here in Montreal shot and killed a homeless guy who was 20 feet away with a knife and also shot and killed a passerby who was riding his bike.

Cops got a paid vacation. Shit makes me so fucking angry.
Post Sat Jul 30, 2011 7:17 am
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some popo need to die right now mayn
Post Sat Jul 30, 2011 5:29 pm
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