Kelly Thomas was beaten into a coma by the Fullerton police and died days after July 5, 2011 incident. Eye witnesses said Thomas was Tasered 5 times while being beaten for 10-15 minutes by half a dozen officers. The incident was within range of one of the city’s surveillance cameras at the Fullerton Transportation Center. I'm sure the cameras on the squad cars captured some of it too. According to Post by Travis Kiger in The Crime Beat (fullertonsfuture.org) on July 29th, 2011, on John and Ken Show - KFI 640 AM radio "A man called in purporting to be friends with a Fullerton police officer. He passed along some new, graphic information on what was supposedly seen on the city’s surveillance camera, which the police are still not releasing to the public. Here it is:
- One officer supposedly beat Kelly Thomas with the butt of his Taser until blood started coming up all over the officer’s arms and hands.
- Another officer supposedly drop knees Kelly Thomas’ nose and throat with the full force of his body weight multiple times, crushing the victim’s throat.
- This happened while Kelly Thomas was not moving or resisting.
The footages have not been released and I fear it never will be. It appears that the Orange County D.A. investigator Stan Berry is close friends with Fullerton police chief Sellers (conflict of interest). If they choose, they can never show any of it. We can't leave that up to them. If the Officers followed protocol then there's no reason not to show the footage. The public deserves to see exactly what happened. It needs to be made public so something like this never happens again. No one is above the law, not even a cop. Need to raise awareness that these footages exist.