Fullerton Police Lawyers: Kelly Thomas Killed Himself

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Media pool photograph by The Orange County Register
Batter up: DA Tony Rackauckas, holding a baton police used to smash a defenseless Kelly Thomas, says Fullerton cops should be accountable for the gruesome, fatal beating
Day One of the prosecution's case against two Fullerton cops accused of using excessive force in 2011 to kill an unarmed homeless man had an eerie resemblance to another trial that landed Orange County in embarrassing international headlines a decade ago.

In Corona del Mar, three young men--including the son of a wealthy, corrupt assistant sheriff--got a 16-year-old girl highly intoxicated and, after she'd fallen unconscious, stripped her before videotaping themselves sexual assaulting her vagina and rectum with a Tree Top Apple Juice can, pool cue, Snapple bottle and lit cigarette.

Defense lawyers put Jane Doe, that victim, on trial and brought in so-called expert witnesses who opined that the girl faked her stupor for the Sony camcorder after asking her assailants to film her in a necrophilia sex scene she could presumably use to enter the Los Angeles porn world.

Today, inside Judge William R. Froeberg's 10th floor courtroom--just beneath the location of the infamous Haidl Gang Rape trial, acclaimed defense lawyers for ex-officers Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli offered jurors similarly ludicrous stories.

Ramos attorney John Barnett, who also served as a losing defense lawyer in the Haidl case, portrayed victim Kelly Thomas as a menacing physical specimen who scared a large group of towering, fully-armed, veteran cops that chased, surrounded, punched, kicked, restrained, clubbed and shot Taser blasts into the homeless man's relatively small frame for five minutes.

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Media pool photograph by The Orange County Register
John Barnett, who represented a cop involved in the 1991 police beating of Rodney King in Los Angeles, tells the jury that Thomas was a dangerous threat that needed to be dealt with aggressively
In his part of the courtroom theater, Cicinelli defense lawyer Michael Schwartz admitted cops used force on Thomas but, despite him falling silent during the attack and lying in a huge pool of his own blood, he was medically fine when EMT's put him into an ambulance.

Schwartz also argued that gruesome hospital photographs of Thomas have given the false impression that police were brutal when, he insists, most of the external damage was simply superficial bruising.

But, like the defense line in the Haidl Gang Rape that the victim asked to be raped to start a porn career, Schwartz is asking jurors to declare that Thomas killed himself and police, his close companions during his final minutes alive, neither contributed to the death nor committed any criminal acts.

His line--delivered without cracking a smile--was that an "overexerting," 37-year-old Thomas beat himself to death by struggling with concerned, compassionate officers.

"His heart couldn't take it," said Schwartz.

He later added, "A tragedy? Yes. A crime? No. Sometimes tragedies happen in this world."


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James Johnson
James Johnson

Paul Abbaszadeh Please follow your post with a link to the proof. That helps your point immensely. Otherwise no one listens and just calls you names.

Hank Ramey
Hank Ramey

Yes, and I'm Anne Frank, and Lee Harvey Oswald, used his gun as a suppository before he killed Kennedy.

Rick Hale
Rick Hale

Yeah, Paul, but you got that lame OC Register comment. That doesn't count as a response.

Ro Ar
Ro Ar

Show me one example Paul where austerity has worked

Ro Ar
Ro Ar

If Obama is Hitler for saving the economy from the ruin that existed, than George W. Bush is the devil's hand-puppet

Michael Moon
Michael Moon

Unless one conflates those two police with Kelly and calls them 'one person', I can't see how Kelly killed himself.

Dorian Jones
Dorian Jones

I've been known to read the Register... so no.. keep this asshole away from the Register. Let's actually ship him off to some 3rd world country.

OC Weekly
OC Weekly

Paul: The OC Register called—they want their idiot reader back. Oblige them!

Ro Ar
Ro Ar

Fry them pigs

Jonathan Smith
Jonathan Smith

Paul Abbaszadeh, awarding medals to police for killing a mentally ill homeless man is actually something the third reich would do. The right wing nazis also felt that it was not the governments job to take care of the mentally ill and disabled. They sterilized and killed hundreds of thousands of those who they considered "unless eaters".

Gillie Bob
Gillie Bob

Wow, You can you believe the headlines and the muck their saying about Kelly? That's BS and lies!

Paul Abbaszadeh
Paul Abbaszadeh

Also, Nelson Mandela is a terrorist who blew up a train station

Sean Soto
Sean Soto

As humans we have a moral obligation to take care of one another. Listen to the words of the late Nelson Mandela, Paul!

Sean Soto
Sean Soto

Paul you're comparing apples to oranges.... If you are in fact comparing Obama to Hitler then you are more delusional than I thought!

Paul Abbaszadeh
Paul Abbaszadeh

Sean, are you stupid? It is not the government's job to take care of the mentally-ill...look how well that worked in Third Reich...

Sean Soto
Sean Soto

Paul Abbaszadeh excuse me?! Are you an imbecile?! This country does not do nearly enough for the mentally ill. You're right-wing," good ol' boys" brethren is what's wrong with this country

Paul Abbaszadeh
Paul Abbaszadeh

Sean Soto, they should be awarded medals for ridding the world of such filth.

Sean Soto
Sean Soto

Paul Abbaszadeh the cops should be lynched for murder

Brett Bremer
Brett Bremer

Somebody needs to go out in a group, and grab the first cop they see and jump his fucking ass so bad he never wants to patrol again. Fuck the police! Fucking cowards

Omar David Sanchez
Omar David Sanchez

They better not be let go innocent..but white folks don't get down like the brown n black...there probably will be no riots when the cops are declared innocent.

Anthony 'Ace' Leon
Anthony 'Ace' Leon

I don't think so,Fucking cops kill unharmed homeless man with 6 cops like sound like beating death so i called a MURDER...Fullerton police lawyers real fucking moron like the killer cops...

Patti Page
Patti Page

The police murdered him! The proof is there.

Gina Watkinsjudd
Gina Watkinsjudd

That's a laughable defense. Good luck on convincing the jury that was a guy committing suicide and not a guy getting the crap beat out of him by a rogue cops.

Naomi M. Anderson
Naomi M. Anderson

Yeah- it's so believable! The blunt force trauma he inflicted upon himself was so powerful, it had fatal results! I'm sure this happens all the time! And the lawyers would never lie under oath! I'm sure anyone sworn to uphold the law never lies. Or breaks the law. I believe (as I pweuk!)

alexiw01
alexiw01

That would only make you and them as bad as they are, as well as promote gang rule.  The best thing to do would be to incarcerate them and put them in general population.  Let's see how long they last in the yard before they're beat to death while crying for their mommy's and daddy's the way Kelly did while he was beaten to his death without mercy.  Cowards is an understatement.  Loser douchbag cowards would still only cover a tiny portion. 

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