[UPDATED with PD Protest PHOTOS:] Kelly Thomas' Retired Deputy Father Blasts Fullerton Police for 'Killing My Son'
Among those who turn up in Stouffer's lens is Ron Thomas, the father of 37-year-old Kelly Thomas, who was taken off life support by his family after he'd been knocked into permanent unconsciousness and brain damage by a half dozen Fullerton cop earlier this month.
Expect to see some or all of these demonstrators at Tuesday night's Fullerton City Council meeting.
|All photos by Alex Stouffer/The Fullertonian|
|Protesters gather at Commonwealth and Highland, in front of the police station.|
|Ron Thomas (left) talks with protesters. He says he did not organize the demonstration.|
|For more protest details, read the post below.|
The group demands answers into the death of a homeless man and downtown fixture, Kelly Thomas. The 37-year-old died after taking a beating from a half dozen police officers who'd been called the evening of July 5 about car burglaries near the downtown bus depot.
The Orange County District Attorney's office is now investigating the officer-involved killing, but several Fullerton observers are ready to draw conclusions now, which explains their demonstration on the northwest corner of Commonwealth and Highland, in front of the police station.
Ron Thomas, the father of the dead man and a retired Orange County sheriff's deputy, has been highly critical of the police beating, and he joined the protest, although he said he had nothing to do with organizing it.
Thomas tells the Weekly he hopes the protest shows the local media and the Fullerton City Council that "the people" are hungry for answers.
"This thing needs to go national," he said.
(And . . . viola! Here is Friends' protest post.)