Fullerton Police Department Set to Officially Clear Kelly Thomas' Name Over A Year After His Beating Death

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Ron Thomas is claiming another victory for his son Kelly who died following a merciless police beating last year at the Fullerton Transportation Center.

In an email sent out to media outlets last night, Thomas said Acting Police Chief Dan Hughes will deliver a statement at next Tuesday's City Council meeting clearing Kelly of any wrongdoing in the encounter that ended with the mentally ill homeless bleeding out in a gutter.

"Over the last three weeks," Thomas wrote in the email. "Captain Dan Hughes, acting Chief of Police in Fullerton and I have been working on wording that I have now approved as to clearing Kelly's name."

Kelly was stopped by officers Manuel Ramos and Joe Wolfe on the night of July 5, 2011, after Slidebar Cafe manager Jeanette DeMarco called police to report a man looking into cars and checking door handles. She mentioned the man, who she referred to as Kelly, used to walk around with a hatchet. 

Officers made contact with Kelly and searched his backpack, where they found mail belonging to a nearby attorney. It was later ascertained the mail was removed from a trash can and not stolen, although officers initially said they stopped Thomas because of reports someone was breaking into cars.

Following significant public outrage over perceived attempts by Fullerton police to cover for their own, two of the six officers involved were charged by Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas in the death: Manuel Ramos currently faces one count of second degree murder and involuntary manslaughter while Jay Cicinelli faces charges of excessive force and involuntary manslaughter. Ron Thomas has been vocal in his demands that a third officer, Wolfe, also be charged.

In his email Thomas added that another "Bombshell" is on the way. Stay tuned.

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lula
lula

Oc cops are pigs. poor man still a human being!!!!KARMA will bite them

lula
lula

the video is 33 min long pls watch the whole thing because he was obeying the cop threaten him. : You see my fist" I'mn gonna f u up

lemonsquash
lemonsquash

Thomas was likely not schizophrenic in the first place. This a generally a label placed on people without their consent or any evidence whatsoever to support it

danraceman
danraceman

I am so sick and tired of that hypocrite Ron Thomas where does he get off on having to approve anything about his son. He washed his hands of him when he went to live on the streets and did not have the time for him

Rope_Tree_Bucket_Blk
Rope_Tree_Bucket_Blk

Brian Arra, could you explain the Sharon Tate reference? 

Thanks so much. 

JamesRobertReade
JamesRobertReade

I agree with Aron Roach's comment, "It's not reasonable to ask the mentally ill to act rationally. It is reasonable to ask the police to know how to deal with the mentally ill."

However, don't let this be an excuse for gangbangers - Obey Police Commands!

Brandon Ferguson
Brandon Ferguson

A regular human Don Zavadil? Like someone who didn't suffer from mental illness?

Woot Icpninja
Woot Icpninja

fullerton cops need a public hanging like the good ol days... time to hire the oc sheriffs

Aaron Roach
Aaron Roach

It's not reasonable to ask the mentally ill to act rationally. It is reasonable to ask the police to know how to deal with the mentally ill.

Twitdanitwit
Twitdanitwit

@GustavoArellano happy Mexican Independence Day and having the guts to say how many of us get fcked,over..

Don Zavadil
Don Zavadil

To you idiots who think he was so innocent. Look at his record. I don't believe he deserves to be beaten to death for what he did. If he had acted like a regular human an cooperated with the police we would not be having this discussion. If a cop is questioning you why do you run? Why not just answer the question and move on? If he had it would not have escalated to what happened. The police involved were wrong to do what they did but he has responsibility as well.

David A Roberts
David A Roberts

so what about darsoulr@yahoo.com and mine since there the same only thing im guilty of is getting a run away home to oregon last year and showing up the police they even paid informants to pose as me and where handed drinking in public tickets im 6"3" no 6" so whats the deal i have to be beaten to death to matter

Nikki Wells
Nikki Wells

This was so bad. It's not like he was shot, he was beaten. So Don: when something bad happens to you I hope you get the same response you gave him, without any apologies you ass.

Scott Kramer
Scott Kramer

I hope this is a wake up call to all police departments on how to treat our homeless. They are people that are a lot of the time mentally ill. They are our vets. They are our sons and daughters.

OC Weekly
OC Weekly

Don: Please take your apologizing ass to the Manuel Ramos fan page, where fools like you belong.

Crystal Lynn
Crystal Lynn

Join the civilized??? I'm so impressed with the love of a Father who would not let his Son, Kelly Thomas, be insulted by the the FPD in name after asulting him in life.

Jenn Marr
Jenn Marr

I am so happy to hear this!! Finally!!

Don Zavadil
Don Zavadil

Complete bullshit. He was a criminal. He didn't deserve to die but he was still a criminal.

-paulc-
-paulc-

 @danraceman the guy's son was killed...by police.  Police...his own "brother..."  regardless of how these two went their ways, is you loose a child like this, its safe to say his actions are pretty much ok.  Id like to think my folks would act the same way if i killed by teachers...

Twitdanitwit
Twitdanitwit

@Twitdanitwit @GustavoArellano oops thanks

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