“The video shows what most of us knew all along: Thomas was a victim of police brutality. Defense attorneys are trying to argue Thomas died due to the errors of the paramedics. No matter what the outcome of the trial is, it is clear now that the Fullerton police took it too far that night.
The transcripts are baffling, as the police officers sound like buffoons caught up in their twisted sense of standard police protocol. The officers seemed callous in their actions as they treated Thomas inhumanely and without regard for his condition. Even with his cries for help, they continued trying to restrain him; way past the point he could even minutely be considered a threat.” – By Amber Stephens
This should lead many people to ask: How many Kelly Thomases are out there in recent years, but without video evidence?
This was not the first or last time police officers in Orange County have abused their power. In many cases, this sort of callousness is not exemplified through a 10-minute video of a beating, but usually rather stonewalling the families of victims and refusing to give families any information about their loved ones who have died at the hands of police.
Through my following of Orange County officer-involved shootings in recent years, instances of police misconduct don’t appear to be thoroughly investigated by police departments, and if they are, they are not the least bit transparent to the families of victims. The DA typically takes their time with investigations, anywhere from nine months to a year. Before a new transparency policy in December 2010, families were often left completely in the dark about the investigations.
Many called for the surveillance video to be released right away. The DA kept their promise to release it during the trial. However, if it would have been released during the summer, there would have been even more outrage. Authorities seem to delay releasing of information for a “calm down” effect for the general public. In the meantime, families and the public are kept in the dark.
If it weren’t for the hundreds of protesters flooding the streets of downtown Fullerton and the persistence of Thomas supporters, dubbed “Kelly’s Army,” this could have been easily swept under the carpet.
If it weren’t for the “intent” factor of Ramos saying what he planned to do with Thomas, it may have been justified as reasonable force. The first officer who struck Thomas, Officer Wolfe, has not even been charged in the case. We need to ask: Why?
And will we continue to allow police officers to get away with such actions?
There are many instances of alleged police brutality and misconduct, and there needs to be a citizen oversight committee to ensure investigations are thorough. The investigations by the DA are simply not enough. The police departments are not adequately investigating their own. There needs to be a way to ensure that what happened to Kelly Thomas, and other victims of police brutality, never happens again. Via The Daily Titan
The prelim Hearing Judge ruled there is enough evidence for trial- May 22nd!!
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
SIGN & SHARE KELLY’S PETITION ASKING THAT ALL OFFICERS INVOLVED BE BROUGHT UP ON CHARGES- ESPECIALLY JOE WOLFE, WHO STRUCK KELLY FIRST. NOT ONE OF THEM SHOULD BE ON THE STREETS!
IF YOU ARE CLOSE TO FULLERTON, CA: SHOW UP!!
MESSAGE FROM RON THOMAS:
“Now that everyone knows the truth that I have been carrying inside of me for many months, please join me at the Fullerton City Council meeting Tuesday night May 15th at 6:30pm.
The city council, and Cpt. Dan Hughes (the acting Chief) need to finally come clean and give us, the people, the answers that we have been asking for. First, how did Cicinelli get hired as a full time patrol officer with only one eye?
With this knowledge, how come they let him endanger the public by letting him drive Code-3 for ten years without any left side vision? Why, after seeing the city video many times did the police department including Capt. Dan Hughes allow all six officers to remain on duty for six weeks until Kelly’s Army pressured them to take them off of the streets (Bruce Whitaker also made this happen)?
Why is it that Capt. Dan Hughes STILL after seeing the City Video over 400 times (his admission) has not fired Joe Wolfe?
No matter where you live, come out and demand the answers. Become part of Kelly’s Army and help us get justice for Kelly.”
- Screams Of An Innocent Man; The Unforgivable Death of Kelly Thomas (misbehavedwoman.wordpress.com)
- Justice For Kelly Thomas: The Trial, Almost One Year Later (squisheddiorama.com)
- Kelly Thomas Case: “THE” Video is now public…… (prisonreformmovement.wordpress.com)
- Police officers ordered to stand trial in fatal beating (cnn.com)