Kelly Thomas Died Of Blunt Force Trauma To The Head, Says Attorney Garo Mardirossian, At Press Conference; Medical Records Released

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Medical records list Kelly Thomas' immediate cause of death as "brain death," caused by "head trauma."
Kelly Thomas died of brain injuries, which resulted from blunt force trauma to the head, according to medical records released by Garo Mardirossian, Ron Thomas' lawyer. 

At a press conference today at his Los Angeles office, Mardirossian told reporters he thinks the medical records are "clear evidence" that "Kelly Thomas was killed, murdered by these Fullerton police officers." 

Thomas suffered several broken bones in his face, according to the medical records from UC Irvine's Medical Center, where Thomas died on July 10. (PDFs of the medical reports are at the end of the post.)

Mardirossian said he thinks the locations of the fractures are especially telling of the severity of the beating. "The bone inside the nose was also broken," Mardirossian said. "Now, these don't just break easily. They take a tremendous amount of pounding."

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Garo Mardirossian, left, and Ron Thomas
"We don't need the DA's office or any other prosecutorial agency to tell us we need to wait to find out what the cause of death is. It's as obvious as the noses on our faces and we know exactly why he died," he said. 

The medical records also show that Kelly, who witnesses say was Tased more than five times, was Tased once in the chest. Within the packet of papers handed out at the press conference was a training bulletin for how to use a Taser. A few phrases were highlighted, including: "avoiding chest shots." The medical examination also showed no record of alcohol or drugs in Kelly Thomas' system, Mardirossian added.

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Garo Mardirossian points to an enlarged version of Kelly Thomas' "Brain Death Declaration Form."
​Ron Thomas, who was also at the press conference, spoke briefly, saying the medical reports confirm what he already thought. "This isn't just a beating, it's aggravated murder." Thomas told the Weekly that watching virtual recreations of his son's facial injuries, which were aired initially on KTLA last night , made him feel "physically sick." 

Both Ron Thomas and Mardirossian say they want action from the Orange County district attorney's office, which is investigating the case, very soon. "I'm afraid they're in delay, delay, delay mode," Mardirossian said, referring to the release of Kelly's autopsy report, adding that the district attorney often works "hand in hand" with the coroner's office. "The question really is: is the DA or the coroner's office motivated to come back with an early and quick decision? I think they're not. I can't explain to you why it's taking so long." 

Mardirossian also used the press conference to reiterate a point he's made before: he doesn't think all six officers are equally guilty. He said he thinks the lesser-involved officers should have stepped in to stop the beating, but added that he could forgive them. "But, I can't forgive them for not coming forward now and telling us what happened, telling us the truth. Break away from these other officers. Break the code of silence."



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Tony Bushala censored my comments on Friends of Fullerton blog. Why? To find the answers to this (and life's other pressing questions, yawn) look but don't touch freetibetbooks.wordpress.com. Frankly I am wondering why Bushala calls himself a civil rights activist, if he intends to sensor civil rights activists who are in the trenches. Is Friends of Fullerton, a Civil Rights activist couch potatoes club, why did they let Kelly's Army of attack trained couch pototoes force my censorship. I'm guessing that he didn't like his attention getter getting asked so many questions, 'Kelly Thomas' is a business run by a cop whose purpose is to jealously exploit the tragedy of his son's death: Kelly Thomas. All I know is that Ron Thomas sucker punched me, and Tony Bushala endorsed it by censoring me. The 'Kelly Thomas Army' is money grubbing back tracking load of bull: 1.              #988 by policemisconduct on December 27, 2011 Your comment is awaiting moderation. (AKA censored)At least we are starting to ask for the reasons, and we have stop responding with unthinking shock; like reactionaries: I am asking Kelly’s friends: When Kelly Thomas died, the last thing that I imagined was that I’d get sucker punched by Ron’s ‘Justice For Kelly’ organizer, Curtis. He kept insisting that I participate at the ‘Kelly Thomas Memorial’ events; he gave me pics of Kelly to put in a book. I refused, but I did put a pic from the papers in ‘The Jabberwocky’ book. When I offered this book to Ron, via email, he tried to sue me for unauthorized use of photos: he never bothered to view the book; the photo of Kelly is public domain. They Saw Me Coming: His assumptions about unauthorized use, stem from when I had tried, previously, to help Curtis with a book, I gave up when Curt insisted that I wanted to steal his ideas, it was a book about the transit system. I said, “I was just trying to help, my books are art books, not bus books;” Curt was awe struck by my work. I showed him how to get adobe book software for free. But no matter what I showed him or gave to him, he criminalized me. When I found out that he isn’t even homeless, but eats at Mary’s kitchen where he offers free bus passes (for a lewd fee) to homeless women, I felt hoodwinked. There is so much evil in the world, at least Kelly is in a better place. There was nothing villainous about Kelly, nor me, but while he was alive his family had nothing good to say about him. They and their entourage have nothing good to say about me: They tried to play me like a slot machine. I have this to say to them: Kelly was a wonderful person, his family did not deserve him. Ron Thomas’ camp didn’t get anything off of me, so now they are on ‘Friends of Fullerton’ and other sites, all day, every day, vilifying me. They didn’t treat Kelly any better. But he was kind to everyone, in spite of them. “He was even nice to bugs.” –CleoOn December 3, 2011, Ron Thomas posted to the ‘Friends of Fullerton’ blog; Kelly’s memorial, regarding Carolyn Phillips: “This woman is out of her mind. ‘Kelly is dead so that Ralph’s can stay in business.’ Carolyn Phillips needs to leave me and Kelly alone. She has sent many E-Mails to me and some others with the same kind of BS. If anyone knows who she is, please get her some help.” –RonRon failed to mention that the two “E-Mails” offered him The Jabberwocky, as a gift, for a fundraiser, ‘…I know something about Kelly.’ Kelly was much loved. Nor did Ron mention that he never previewed the book, before he threatened a law suit, “His paranoia kicked in and he sent Kelly’s Army, an attack pack of groupies who feast on Kelly’s carcass, out after me, with a campaign of Internet harassment: an army of couch potatoes who never knew Kelly and don’t know me, and never bothered to view the book, before pelting me with death threats and aspersions to rival the treatment by Fullerton PD that resulted in Kelly’s death.” –Carolyn PhillipsRon Thomas is in Corrections (AKA police work): figures. Life insurance, or conspiracy to eliminate inconvenient offspring, either way Kelly’s death is Ron’s gravy train. Most parents are proud when their offspring have friends who are accomplished; parents who lose a homeless child have understanding. So, you might wonder why Ron Thomas attacked Carolyn Phillips when she offered a book as a fundraiser for Kelly’s memorial. There is a reason; it has nothing to do with emails. It has everything to do with Ron’s greed; nailing down death bucks, and with what Kelly’s friends know about Ron. Ask questions.

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Attorney Garo Mardirossian released Kelly Thomas's medical records from the ... by pounding him on his head,” Mardirossian said at a news conference. ... 

Steven
Steven

Poor cops, if Kelly was black or mexican they would be heroes.

Joe
Joe

Thug mentality.  Go hang around downtown Fullerton, and you will see Fullerton P.D. mad dog people stop and insight a j-walking incident into a brawl which most citizens lose because the cops lie, intimidate, and falsly arrest people.  This incident coupled with the false arrest of the Asian guy, with the police captain publicly stating "I think we arrested the wrong guy".  tells me that Fullerton P.D. has some major problems with thier Officers I mean Gang Members.

Hfglendale
Hfglendale

Listen, I know officer Ramos cousin and he is sure that Manny kick him several times in the head, that Manny is a killer, not even his cousin likes him.

Fullertonista
Fullertonista

Would be nice if the ones who aren't sadistic killers would come forward and denounce the ones who are.  Would mean a lot to the people of Fullerton to know that some of our officers actually take the whole "serve and protect" thing to mean what it says, not "bludgeon and kill" innocent homeless people.

papa
papa

Don't judge the whole Fullerton Police Department as a bunch of killer,just the ones who did this.Police need to be trained with how to deal with mentally sick people.

Vice_Versa
Vice_Versa

Funny with white cops beat a minority to death, no one says a word.  The  moment a white guy gets beat by the cops, the America side with the victim.

PatrickR
PatrickR

Joe, I only have one question for you.  Have you ever even been to Fullertion, much less the downtown area?  I would be surprised if the answer were "Yes."  Most ass holes like yourself have no clue about what happens or doesn't happen in Fullerton and how the Cops do their job.  Granted you could be the exception to the rule.  If that is the case, based on your attitude, I'd guess that you may have had an encounter of the close kind with the Cops.  Now, you go around with a chip on your shoulder, whining like a little girl.     

PatrickR
PatrickR

While an investigation, especially of this magnitude is in progress, everyone is given a direct order not to discuss the incident with anyone.  Additionally, keep in mind that the other Officers have worked side by side with the six Officers under investigation for years and in more than one life threatening situation. That builds a strong bond of trust between them and an inclination to give them the benefit of the doubt, until proven otherwise.  At the same time, the department as a whole is waiting for the investigations to be finished, facts to be presented and the Criminal Justice System to act as may be  appropriate.

Contrary to the belief of most people who comment here, the individual Police Officer in any department cringes at the actions of a corrupt/criminal Officer who gives everyone a black eye.  They hate such people and the old "Code of Silence" no longer is common practice, because Officers are taught from day one on the job, you see illegal acts and don't report them, you are as guilty as the person doing the act.

When this sad tragedy is finally put to rest, punishment and civil liability actions resolved, all the snakes and Cop haters will crawl back under their rocks.  The men and women of the Fullerton Police Department will still put on their uniforms and be on the streets 24-7, protecting the citizens of their community.  At the same time, they will be working to rebuild that Police-Citizen partnership.  I am not making excuses for anyone here, because I hate bad Cops worse than I do criminals  I am merely stating life as it exists in the real world. 

murmur55
murmur55

Police officers everywhere need to be trained on how to safely restrain (arrest) everyone, not just the mentally ill. This is the responsibility of the rest of the Fullerton Police Department but we haven't heard any requests for retraining from them.

Ekaputnik
Ekaputnik

Oh, BULLSHIT! 

Stop defending the indefensible.

Being an LEO offers tremendous benefits, compensation, prestige, power and responsibility.  Nobody is saying that the entire FPD is guilty, but there is an obvious code of silence in every department.  This code of silence is practiced and endorsed by "the good cops" because they refuse to step forward and break the corrupt code.  Therefore, they are guilty by being accessories to crime after the fact.  Having said that, what makes them any different, better or entitled to special consideration when the average citizen is held morally, ethically, financially and penally culpable for comitting the exact same crime."F" them and "F" you for your bullshit arguement.

Chris
Chris

It has absolutely nothing to do with "training."  Kelly Thomas being mentally ill really doesn't have anything to do with it.  The fact is that 6 rogue cops beat a man to death.  Even if this was a normal person who wasn't mentally ill, it still wouldn't change anything.  There is NO justification whatsoever for what those cops did to Kelly.  They murdered him. And this could have just as easily happened to anyone else.  They could have beat someone else to death, with little or no provocation, and used the excuse that they were "resisting arrest."

And YES, the whole Fullerton Police Department is corrupt, because so far there aren't any other officers who are speaking out against the 6 cops.  So until they do, they are ALL murderers.     

Soho_d J
Soho_d J

No they're not all killers, lets see: 1 drug addict, 1 thief and only 6 murderers. Plus 1 piss poor chief. Get rid of the lot.   

murmur55
murmur55

The poor training in restraint is what allows them to claim that someone is "resisting arrest". Their techniques are set up to cause people to struggle because they interfere with normal life-sustaining functioning. The techniques may cause death on their own especially when combined with use of force to force "compliance". This opens up the possibility for officers to consider beating normal practice.

PatrickR
PatrickR

Gee Chris, I feel sorry for you, that is if you even live in Fullerton.  With all those gang bangers in blue roaming the streets, just looking for their next victim, you must be terrified to leave your house.  In the end, the same Criminal Justice System which would prosecute you if you committed a similar crime, will deal with those Officers if it is determined that their acts were criminal.  The only difference between the two of you is that if convicted, you go to the joint and become some big con's bitch.  In the case of the Officers, if convicted they go to the joint and serve their time in solitary confinement because the con's would kill them if in general population.  No excuse here, "if you can't do the time, don't do the crime."  Quit sniviling and let the System do it's job. 

Joe Blow
Joe Blow

You forgot the rapists/molesters 

PatrickR
PatrickR

Brook, I was only replying to the assinine comments by Chris, with language he could understand and a bit of tongue in cheek humor added for levity.  In other posts on the Thomas case, I commented on the "bad actors" in law enforcement and how good Cops hate them more than criminals.  Of course there are screw ups in law enforcement, just as there are in the clergy, lawyers, school teachers, construction workers or any other profession.  Such actions and bad choices are a sad commentary to our human nature?  However, Police, along with two or three other professions are held to a higher standard , both on and off the job because of the "public trust" nature of the work they do.  We all know this from Day 1 on the job and most follow that committment during their entire career without deviation.

I presume to judge no one, except those anti-police nimwits, who run around chip on  shoulder trying to slay windmills and not waiting for all the facts to be in.  When the investigations (Criminal, & Civil Rights) are finished and the results are in, then the System will determine who did what to whom.  It will also decide who if anyone should be punished and to what extent.  This is the process your grandfather worked under at LAPD  and I worked under here in Orange County.  While there may be times we do not agree with the it, the Criminal Justice System works and is by far the best in the world.  Be patient and in the end, your demands for justice and truth will be met.      

Brooke
Brooke

let the system do its job..... lmfao... yea because the justice system has never ever been corrupt. corruption occurs on a local, national and global scale. Do you honestly believe that there is no such thing as a cover up??? My grandfather was a LAPD Detective until he retired, and there are many great law abiding police officers who are there to protect and serve, unfortunately there are also the ones who are not. Please wake up, you are the one passing judgement, we are just demanding truth and Justice!

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