Ron Thomas Calls On 'Kelly's Army' to Stop Protesting in Front of Fullerton Police Department

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R.Scott Moxley / OC Weekly
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Three months and many chants and honks later, Ron Thomas is calling for an end--or at least a hiatus--to the Saturday morning protests in front of the Fullerton Police Department. 

Thomas, whose son, Kelly, was beaten to death by Fullerton policemen, told the Weekly he plans to put out an announcement later today asking protesters not to show up on Saturday.

"At this point why would we be protesting? [The police] can't do anything. We can't force them, cause they have no control," Thomas says. 

Until Michael Gennaco, who was hired by the city to do an independent investigation into Thomas' beating and the department in general, releases a report, Thomas says, the police have their hands tied.

Acting Police Chief Kevin Hamilton can't make decisions regarding the status of the other four officers until he gets that report, Thomas says. "We can bug them, but if they can't do anything, they can't do anything." 

Thomas says he wants to give members of "Kelly's Army" a bit of a break on Saturdays, too. "People need to be with their families, it's so important. They need to take a break for a while and reunite when it comes time." 

Thomas stressed that this doesn't mean Kelly's Army has reached its end. "We can still do candlelight vigils and other things, but we've got to have a reason," Thomas said, adding that people can check the Kelly Thomas Memorial Fund website for future events.

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14 comments
Xspankyx101
Xspankyx101

he doesnt really care about his son...he just wanted money...and now that he knows hes gonna get it, he wants to rest, and relax..that will be blood money, "dad". if he REALLY cares about his son's death, he will donate every penny to mental health programs

Xspankyx101
Xspankyx101

THIS "FATHER" OF THIS DANGEROUS MENTAL PATIENT, IS ONLY AFTER MONEY!! LOOK IN TO THEIR HISTORY, BOTH THE FATHER AND HIS SON...YOU WILL SEE THE TRUTH IF YOU WANT TO..OTHERWISE YOUR JUST WANTING TO GET PAID!!THIS FATHER IS A RETARD, LIKE HIS SON!!   PERIOD

Dan Chmielewski
Dan Chmielewski

During the last Fullerton city council meeting, Thomas spoke and said Kelly's Army would tear Fullerton down ( not in a phisical sense) to build it back up. And he said ti the council that he'd like to do that with them. Does this mean he is for the recall or not?

Anon2u
Anon2u

I can understand your concern for those who have been taking their time to protest, possibly taking them away from their families, but seriously haven't these protests been exactly what has forced  the positive outcomes so far?

FullertonJustice
FullertonJustice

Dear Ron,

I am so disappointed that you've decided to take this route especially with John and Ken coming to town. I think it would have been wiser to hold out until 2 weeks after they came down so the momentum could keep going.

I'm sure you have your reasons but I hope its not about money. Mr Thomas, please remember that the Fullerton PD is very corrupt and there are so many victims who have been framed, physically assaulted and sexually assaulted.

You have a great opportunity to be a voice of reason against police brutality and mental illness so I beg you not to abandon this movement, please don't turn your back on us and please don't forget about us.

We can do SO much good if this movement continues.

Christopher Trimbly
Christopher Trimbly

I moved out of Orange County in 1991 mainly due to the police being a bunch of bullies to those who weren't the real problems,while they ignored REAL VIOLENT CRIMINALS because those guys FIGHT BACK! W/ALL the equiptment & 'training' there is NO EXCUSE for ANY of this to have happened. I hope the 'concerned citizen' who called thre police now knows just how 'helpful' the police actually are. In99% of the cases they just MAKE EVERYTHING WORSE. I've seen it a thousand times (literally). EVERY COP BADGE should have a digital HD camera & HD mike that CANNOT be covered,turned off or erased in ANY WAY.This would keep everone in line,show hard evidence of the actual crime.Imagine how many defendants will plead guilty when they realize EVERYTHING is RECORDED.No more lies,bs,etc-just FACTS. THIS will weed out the BAD COPS,and fight crime in THE MOST EFFECTIVE MANNER. Finally,why aren't the police utilizing NON-LETHAL gear such as net-guns,bean-bag guns,etc? Tazers should be the second to last resort,the last firing their firearm. I have Policemen & Firemen in my family & they are underpaid heroes.If the government took care of it's people better the temptation to 'be on the take' wouldn't be so great.BONES

USAction
USAction

No, Kelly's Army's doing the right thing. This should be the next "Rodney King," esp with Kelly being *BEATEN TO DEATH!* The pressure NEEDS to be kept up. Too often, cops act worse than the criminals they allegedly protect us from, as this example says. The police are supposed to "serve and protect the public," and when they fail that, or worse, like this, they need to be held into account. These cops need to know that they can't run around, like murderous thugs with badges. They are NOT above the law, nor are they the law. When they commit a crime, or abuse their power, then they need to be held to the same law as everyone else. Who watches the watchmen? EVERYONE!

.. .__.
.. .__.

Police of Orange County are nothing more that sub-educated THUGS bent on victimizing and murdering innocent citizens under color of authority.

R
R

That is what he plans on doing with the money dumbass. 

JQP
JQP

Xspankyx101, Interesting to see there is only one person with any amount of courage to speak against Ron Thomas the "savior of Fullerton." Ron Thomas had no biological relationship with Kelly Thomas. Ron Thomas was fired from the OCSD, not retired, and he is out for money. Time will bring forward all the facts.

Kelly Thomas may have been beaten to death and it may be proven the cops were in the wrong. However, Kelly Thomas was a scumbag, and he was a waste of space. I challenge all these brave commentators to go meet some bums and spend some time with them. The majority of them are capable human beings who could work and be productive members of society, but they choose not to be; they choose to drop out and drink and do drugs. Even as a waste of space, Kelly didn't deserve to die if he wasn't threatening the lives of others. However, he was not contacted because he was minding his own business and not bothering anybody or infringing upon others people's rights e.g., breaking into cars or attempting to break into cars. Kelly had a long history of harrasssing ordinary citizens who were trying to patronize stores and businesses.

As for these incidents becoming a forum for cop haters, there are a lot of people out there who hate cops and think they are worthless. That is fine, there will always be those people, always. The simple truth is many people in this world of ours do not give a crap about police officers or firefighters until they need something from them. This is fine, this is the way it will always be and it does not matter in the end. I would be curious to see how many of the people posting so boldly about how corrupt "all" police are, have criminal records. I would wager it is the majority of them.

R
R

What an A-hole thing to say! Do you even know Ron Thomas? Have you sat and listened to him speak? Doubt it. Typical internet ninja always talking out of your neck. You should become a cop, you would fit right in with those murderers.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

You actually used the word "retard"?!! You are yet another misanthropic turd littering the planet...(sigh)

Joe
Joe

A large part of the problem is refering to Cops and Firemen as heros.  They are not.  They have a job, that they are compensated for.  There is no mandatory reason why one would become a Cop or Firemen.  They volunteered for the job.  You see calling them "Heros" has really caused many of them to get to a point that they believe they are above the general public.  So they convince themselves that they can do anything with no repercussions.  This includes crimes and treating anyone thats not one of them as dirt.  So don't call any of them a hero, there simply doing a job. Ask your cop relatives if they are familiar with "Pencil Fucking" or "Testi-lying" this is cop talk for lying in reports and lying in court.  They will know what it is, they all do it.  I don't call cops for shit, they usually make things worst. 

R
R

Yet another A-hole talking crap without knowing jack shit. 

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