Kelly Thomas Killing Befuddles The Orange County Register Newsroom
Indeed, the cops haven't denied they killed Thomas for the most of the last three months. I point this out because just yesterday the Register referred to the killing this way:
"The mother of a homeless man who died after a confrontation with Fullerton police has sued the Orange County district attorney for access to records of her son's death."
This is a compilation of how the Register news department has referred to the killing since the DA called it a murder: ". . . in the wake of the death of Kelly Thomas" (Dec. 8); ". . . . city has been mired in conflict since the death of Kelly Thomas, who was approached by six officers" (Dec. 7); ". . . the council members have put the security of officers involved in the confrontation with Kelly Thomas along with the police union ahead of the security of residents" (Nov. 9); ". . . a pretrial hearing for the two Fullerton officers charged in connection with the death" (Nov. 5); ". . . for the confrontation with a mentally ill homeless man" (Oct. 25); ". . . members of the Fullerton City Council have declined to join those who continue to spew vitriol over the police-related death of a homeless man" (Oct. 21); ". . . John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou blasted Mayor F. Richard Jones and councilmen Pat McKinley and Don Blankhead for not demanding that the six officers involved in the physical altercation with Thomas" (Oct. 20); ". . . Radio personalities John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou have been critical of the three officials in the wake of the death of Kelly Thomas" (Oct. 16); ". . . her son had been in a confrontation with the Fullerton police" (Oct. 11);" . . . Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli, who are accused in the Kelly Thomas beating case, will go on unpaid leave" (Oct. 8); ". . . None of the officers is part of the case involving Kelly Thomas, who died after a confrontation with Fullerton police (Oct. 1); ". . . Fullerton's acting police chief plans to put the defendants in the death of Kelly Thomas on unpaid leave" (Sept. 30);" . . . Father of homeless man who died after beating" (Sept. 28); ". . . the National Alliance on Mental Illness hopes the death of Kelly Thomas will raise awareness" (Sept. 26); ". . . Orange County residents are indigent over the death of this mentally ill homeless man" (Sept. 25); ". . . Fullerton police chief who hired Thomas beating defendants is 'just sick' over events" (Sept. 23); ". . . the mentally ill homeless man who died this summer after an altercation with Fullerton police" (Sept. 22).
I'm not the only one to question the Register's coverage. The Friends For Fullerton's Future blog has blasted the paper.
Go HERE to read previous criticism of the Register's David Whiting.
--R. Scott Moxley / OCWeekly