Kelly Thomas Protesters Found A New Venue Today: The District Attorney's Office

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When Kelly's Army met to protest this morning, they convened at a new location. Instead of gathering in front of the Fullerton Police Department, where they protest on Saturdays, they stationed themselves in front of the Orange County District Attorney's office in Santa Ana. 

Ron Thomas, one of about 30 people who braved Santa Ana's searing sun this morning, says the group of people who regularly protest his son's death at the hands of Fullerton police -- Kelly's Army, as he calls them -- aren't confined to Fullerton. "We're everywhere. We're gonna be everywhere." 

Like Saturdays in Fullerton, the crowd hoisted sings and shouted chants. "We're not giving up, Tony [Rackauckas]. I'll be in there everyday if I have to," says protester Christine Walker.

Thomas says he thinks the DA's office has "overwhelming evidence" and wants to see action soon, but he said he also understands some delay and wants due process. "We're saying issue indictments. The right indictments. I don't want anybody here going to jail if they're not guilty. I mean that."

Later on, Thomas said, he's has a working relationship with the district attorney's office, adding that he's shared several tips with them regarding witnesses. "Mr. District Attorney, we're here for you. We're working with you. Please do the right thing." 

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Protester Bunny Dew
​Some of the protesters had a bit harsher words for the DA, however. "The DA's been putting his tail between his legs. We have the evidence already. We need a trial and a jury. I wouldn't even give [the officers] the death penalty, I want them to suffer like Kelly," says protester Bunny Dew, who says she was at the transit center the night Kelly was beaten and was intimidated into giving her camera film to a police officer. After she forked over the film to the officer, whose name she couldn't remember, she says his tone changed dramatically. "He was totally like my best friend after." Dew says an investigator from the district attorneys' office interviewed her, but she got the impression that "he didn't care at all," about her story.

Although Ron Thomas' attorney Garo Mardirossian released Kelly's medical records earlier this week, the coroner's office still hasn't released an autopsy report. Thomas says the coroner's office told him that he can expect the autopsy report within the next couple of weeks and the DA's office told him that once they get the results, they plan to release them within a couple of days after that. 

Thomas says he thinks several changes need to be made in the wake of his son's death, including changes to the police officer's bill of rights. He called it "too lenient," in cases like Kelly's, where he says there is evidence of extreme malice. "Murder is murder is murder. Malice is still malice. Why protect them under the police officer bill of rights?" Thomas added that the two officers who "finished him off" aren't the first two officers who approached Kelly. "The two that did come in, have a history as terminators," Thomas said, calling them "the hit squad."
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909Jeff
909Jeff

Charges will be filed, the public outcry is far to great... Rakauckus is not the most popular guy but you all have to understand that the crown jewel for a DA to get re-elected is the endorsement of the police and fire unions.  If he takes officers to court without an airtight case he can kiss his career goodbye.  The rest of the cops in OC will look at it like he sold them out and will have forced a breach in the code of silence.  Its taking a long time... painfully long, but wouldnt we rather have the DA go to court confident that he will get convictions as opposed to rushing it to court and making vital errors that could let these douchebags walk?

Bentedge
Bentedge

yeahh.... thats right.. next sit in friday sept 16th plan ahead.... kelly army and ANONS you ROCK!!!!! J4K.. and we will not be silenced!!!!!

Paul Lucas
Paul Lucas

I was there today. It was a great time being with fellow citizens standing up for the least among us.

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

Where do you guys post your protest schedule?  

Waite Fox
Waite Fox

Can waiting possibly be better than vigilante justice?  I contend that it cannot!  I'm for a public lynching of 6 random Fullerton police.  Within hours, you'll have your 6 indictments,,,  no problemo.

NiRE
NiRE

Supporters of Kelly Thomas on facebook. Also Kelly Thomas Supporters

909Jeff
909Jeff

Generally speaking mobs end up with the short end of the billy club in such situations.  But hey feel free to try... im just not so sure anyone will protest for justice for waite fox after you catch that beatdown.  Im not opposed to vigilante justice unfortunately it will only come after these cops are tried hopefully sentenced and then put in prison. 

PatrickR
PatrickR

Fox, talk is cheap you ass hole.  Turn off your computer, get off you ass on confront any Police Officer, Fullerton or otherwise and you will be lucky if the only thing that happens is you get your dick knocked in the dirt.  So quit whining like a little girl and put up or shut up.     

909Jeff
909Jeff

Its hard to argue with that. Unfortunate as it is. 

Waite Fox
Waite Fox

Time will tell but I don't like your chances of getting any justice.  Even given the long shot that you get a conviction, they'll pick up their sentence at the discount window.  The DA is in an absolute bind.  That's why he's dragging his feet.  It's the same strategy any attorney uses when defending a criminal...  you drag it out as long as you can and hope time works in your favor.  You never know, all 6 could die in traffic accidents, disease, poisoned donuts,  30 ought 6 deer rifles.  A DA's inability to properly prosecute police is a form of the Regulatory Capture and it's a nationwide problem.

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