Kenton Hampton, Who A Witness Says Punched And Kneed Kelly Thomas In The Head, Is Allegedly Tied To A Third Act Of Violence

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Eddie Quiñonez, left, Attorney Garo Mardirossian
As he sat on a nearby bus and watched Fullerton police officers beat Kelly Thomas, Eddie Quiñonez recognized a familiar face. 

"I realized it right away. I did recognize him," Quiñonez said of Officer Kenton Hampton, who Quiñonez allegedly saw punching and kneeing Thomas in the face and body. 

Hampton was the same officer who, about a year earlier, arrested Quiñonez for supposed public drunkenness and "threw [his] head against the wall." 

At a press conference in Los Angeles today, Quiñonez sat alongside Ron Thomas, Attorney Garo Mardirossian and Veth Mam, who while videotaping a friend's arrest in October 2010, allegedly had his cell phone knocked from his hand by Officer Hampton. 
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Veth Mam, Eddie Quiñonez, Garo Mardirossian and Ron Thomas
For now, Mardirossian has only filed a lawsuit on behalf of Mam, but the LA-based personal injury lawyer says lawsuits on behalf of Kelly Thomas and Eddie Quiñonez "will be forthcoming." 

Quiñonez says he was standing on a sidewalk watching as police cited a man for a traffic infraction last June, when Hampton approached him. "It's really hard for me to trust being around a cop," says Quiñonez, who saw a police officer in Riverside fatally shoot his father a few years ago. 

According to a Fullerton Police Department citizen complaint that Quiñonez filed a few days after his arrest, Quiñonez told Hampton: "Your people shot my dad." After that, Hampton put Quiñonez in handcuffs and allegedly "assaulted [him] by slamming [his] head against the wall," according to the citizen complaint. "He had to stutter to think about what charge to get me on," Quiñonez said of Hampton, who then said he was arresting him for being drunk in public. Quiñonez, however, had his blood tested later that night and didn't have any alcohol in his body, Mardirossian said at the press conference.

Quiñonez reported the incident to the Fullerton Police Department, Mardirossian said. "This report fell on deaf ears. Fullerton police did nothing. They gave him the run-around." 

Mardirossian expressed frustration that immediate disciplinary actions weren't taken against Hampton -- who he described as being of "rather large stature" and having a "fierce temper." "Had the department listened, [Hampton] wouldn't have been there to brutalize Veth Mam. Had they listened to Eddie or Veth Mam, we wouldn't have had Kelly brutalized." 

Quiñonez says Hampton led the charge in Kelly's beating. "I just saw that he ignited the whole thing." After the beating started, Quiñonez said none of the officers held back. "They were all beating him up," Quiñonez said, adding the he remembers the beating lasting for about 20 minutes.

Like the Fullerton Police Department, Carpenter Rothans and Dumont -- the defense law firm representing Officer Kenton Hampton -- didn't return a phone call for comment.

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Attorney Garo Mardirossian holds a picture of Officer Kenton Hampton.


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Garibaldi
Garibaldi

After being turned away from the fullerton PD, the complainant should have went to the media asap & told the media that his complaint went ignored by the Fullerton PD.  Then after that, he should have went to the DA to complain, then to the city council until someone takes his complaint.  SHAME ON THE FULLERTON PD!!!  what if one of their relatives was brutalized by a police officer, what would they do?  RECALL THE FULLERTON CITY MAYOR & DISBAND THE FULLERTON POLICE & HAVE THE SHERIFF TAKE OVER POLICE SERVICES FOR THE CITY!! 

Perry M
Perry M

Cops are worthless for the most part. Mick had it right when he sang "just as every cops a criminal" - most of them would be criminals if they didnt have a shield to hide behind.  There have been several psych and sociology studies that confirm this.

909Jeff
909Jeff

Community complaints are worthless.  A couple years ago I was carpooling to work at 5am in the carpool lane on the 57 at nutwood and a Sheriffs car pulled along side us and shined his spotlight into our car presumably to make sure we had more than one person in the car.  The driver was blinded by the light and it nearly caused us to hit the center divider.  We both called to complain and were told they would look into the incident.  we gave them the car number and the license plate number and we got nothing in return. I can only imagine that the person who took the complaint went to the offending officer and greeted him with high fives for nearly killing two comuters. 

Kimberly
Kimberly

Wow that cop would be dead if looks could kill, Ron Thomas. lol.

Ty
Ty

Kenton, and his buddies at the FUllerton PD need to lay off the HGH!  It's obvious they're juicing up.

Victim_of_Metro
Victim_of_Metro

What an interesting, but sad reversal; An African American officer is now denying the civil rights of people of all races. 

orkin
orkin

As the roaches continue to come out of the cracks.

I wonder if they had a 2 for 1 sale on white dress shirts and ties at Wal-Mart?

DAN C.
DAN C.

Kenton is welcome to join us at the Liberal OC Blog!

We think that the real way to get hit's to our fledginling website is to continue to BULLY PEOPLE.

We don't actually live in OC, nor are we the least bit liberal (Matt Cunningham is our advisor) but, our publishers wife works for the LA TIMES and they are HURTIN' really she gets an article a month HURTIN' .

We should have a law enforcement guy on board over here, especially since we both hold childish grudges against that stupidly popular North OC blog.

Clearly, at the LOC democratic popularity and web hits are WAY more important than issues, otherwise we'd be calling out Beth Krom and Tom Daly.

Gotta run, Deerfield is in a epic match up against the NOrthwood Grizzlies (I coach soccer, thus I AM A COMMUNITY SERVANT!)

Kaye Wolf
Kaye Wolf

Over a decade ago we were driving our Mercedes in Newport Beach to take our son back to Hoag Hosptial where he was born.  A couple of young kids pulled up beside us, flashed a gun, and told us to take our "Nixxa arses back to Compton" -- even though neither of us have even been to Compton.  We reported the incident to the police, providing them with descriptions as well as the license plate number.  Nothing happened ... nothing happened until one of the boys was arrested for gang-raping a young girl and could not use his Daddy's influence to protect him any longer.  The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Jcronin97
Jcronin97

No, just arrogant a holes...

Bbogz
Bbogz

"As the roaches continue to come out of the cracks"   What crack did you come of out orkin? How are thong going at the police (cockroach) union?

Robert Allen Reider Jr
Robert Allen Reider Jr

Roaches?  Odd metaphor, both these men bringing charges have documented complaints with the city.  Veth Mam has already been proven a false arrest and an agency apology was issued.  Let's talk ducks instead.  If it walks like one, talks like one and acts like one it is one.. Hampton has a documented history of overreacting with force, intimidation, and trumping up charges .  All this cumulated with Kelly, and no one with half a mind could say that protocol and reasonable force were the rule that day. If big money is won by any of these plaintiffs it will be due to the fact that the FPD had a renegade cop on their hands, they new it and they tolerated it.  People suffered and died for it. I feel no sorrow for the department and city leadership over their current woes.  They should have weeded out the bad ducks to ease liability and reward the city's finest by restoring their good reputation.Continue blaming the victims if that soothes you, but remember the truth will set you free (it would be your only hope if you went up against a crooked cop)..

PatrickR
PatrickR

Dan, do you guys get paid for that fine commentary at the LOC, or do it just for fun?  Hope you are more conservative as a soccer coach than you are as coach for the Agranistas in Irvine.  Guess we can't fault your win - loss record there though, can we?  Anyway good luck with your soccer match.        

orkin
orkin

Not a police officer, not a union member. Just know shitbirds when I see them.

orkin
orkin

I don't recall ever reading about an "agency apology" being issued to Mam by the FPD. Care to direct me to a link?

I don't know anything about Hampton, other than he has proven to be an excellent target for the money hungry attorney.

Aponi40
Aponi40

Well, yes, he is an excellent target, since he has a proven and documented record of excessive use of force, intimidation, false arrest, falsification of records, and trumping up charges, and witnesses and videotape indicating that he participated in the brutal and fatal beating of a man.  The  best "target" for an attorney is a guilty one who already has a paper trail  of complaints. Yes, an excellent target. Good call, Orkin.

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