Kelly Thomas Protesters March From Police Station To Transit Center, Thomas Family's Attorney Shows Up At Protest

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Around 11:45 a.m., organizers with bullhorns gathered about 200 of the protesters outside the Fullerton Police Department and led them east on Commonwealth Avenue en route of the transit center, where Kelly Thomas was beaten by six Fullerton police officers.

The protesters spilled onto the street, filled the right lane and marched to the transit center, where Doug Kauffman, an organizer with the ANSWER coalition, led the group in chants. After Kauffman, Tamara Khoury, a student activist from Cal State Fullerton, took the microphone. "Are we angry?" she asked. "Yes," responded the protesters. "Are we gonna let these six thugs walk?" "No." 

After a brief moment of silence to remember Kelly Thomas, the crowd headed back to the police department to continue the protest there.

Among the protesters, were several people in Guy Fawkes masks -- a symbol used by Anonymous, the well-known hackers who took aim with the Fullerton Police Department last week

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When asked if he was part of Anonymous, a man in a mask stressed that it isn't a group, saying, "Annonymous is an idea of freedom and human rights for the world. It's against oppression of human beings. It's an idea that unites us as one, divided by zero. We do not forgive. We do not forget injustices around the world. Where there's injustice, we'll be there." Another man in a mask said he planned to come to protests every week until the police officers are convicted. Asked what his name was, the man responded: "Kelly Thomas." His friend, who was also wearing a mask, nodded his head in agreement. 

Blogger Tony Bushala, who was also at the protest, said he heard back from Mayor F. Richard Jones, Mayor Pro Tem Don Bankhead and Councilman Pat McKinley in regards to the recall papers he delivered to the city for them. All three response letters were very similar, Bushala said, adding that they all "ignored the issue" and suggested "This is all about Tony Bushala." 

As the protesters continued to chant and passing cars honked, Garo Mardirossian, the attorney representing Kelly Thomas' family, showed up with his daughter and a private investigator. 
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Ron Thomas, left, and his attorney Garo Mardirossian at the protest.

Mardirossian said it was too soon to comment on the overall culture of the Fullerton Police Department, but added that the lawsuit, which he filled on behalf of Veth Mam in federal court Friday, was telling. 

Mam was arrested by Fullerton police officers in October for allegedly jumping on an officer's back. Officer Kenton Hampton, one of the officers who allegedly beat Kelly Thomas, was also allegedly present when Mam was arrested. The Fullerton Police Department admitted recently that they likely arrested the wrong guy. 

"What do you mean, the wrong guy?" Mardirossian says. "Was there someone else that looked like Mam? To say it's a mistake is an insult to our intelligence. They didn't make a mistake, they did something wrong."

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Cristóbal García
Cristóbal García

What does it take to get the Fullerton administration to listen to the people it is supposed to be representing? This continues, day by day, and still they do nothing. At the very least let's see ALL the videos now that these police officers are back on the job. Isn't the fact that they are back on the job an exoneration of their handling of the Thomas matter? Ok, let's see the evidence that says they should be exonerated.

I am reminded of Libya in all this. An unresponsive government ignoring people screaming in the streets. At least for now the Administration can't use it's "goon squad", the Fullerton Police Department on the public. You know, it could get to that. It could easily get to that. If we let up on this, it will probably get to that.

For the sake of your children, for the sake of your country, don't let up on this. Ultimately the more persistent will get what they seek. Either the Fullerton administration will be able to do anything that it wants to, whether we like it or not, or we, the people, will prevail.

DubV
DubV

They didn't let you go into the shadows, rest in paradise Kelly Thomas; keep the pressure!

Just asking
Just asking

Glad Mardirossian could make it out, since he's probably going to get his big payday soon.  

Any truth to the rumors that Ron Thomas was a cop for under a year & was fired? Just wondering.

Lovelyswift65
Lovelyswift65

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nakedidea
nakedidea

Just for the record, "Anonymous" are not "hackers", as this article states...

Joe Blow
Joe Blow

What does Ron Thomas being or not being a cop have to do with FPD abusing their power? Take your BS elsewhere.

PatrickR
PatrickR

Lovely, and your sex life has what to do with the Fullerton 6 case or are you advertising for an older and more wealthy boyfriend.  Try Ron Thomas as rumor has it that he is about to come into more money that he would have made in his lifetime.  Who knows, he might want to hook up with a little "gold digger." 

Slip
Slip

By the way, anonymous is not a specific group. It's an idea. We are all anonymous. The guy next to u could be, you have no idea. That's like saying all left handed people like pizza. Not all anons are hacks, some are some aren't.

“We are Anonymous.  We are Legion.  We do not forgive.  We do not forget.  Expect us.”

Slip
Slip

Sure we are. Although we prefer the term hacktavist.

Protest first. If no progress, then we rattle some cages electronically.

Granted its likely not going to come at the hands of one of the marching anons. The electronic attacks are a different branch if you will.

None the less....

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