During Tuesday's testimony in the Kelly Thomas murder trial, a veteran UCI trauma surgeon told jurors that police broke numerous bones in the unarmed, homeless man's face and ribs, caused massive bleeding, ignored his cries for help and deprived him of critical oxygen for so long that he ultimately fell unconscious and brain dead.
Media pool photograph by The Orange County Register Courtroom image of the blood-stained Taser gun Fullerton police officers used to "smash" Kelly Thomas' face "to hell"
"My opinion is that during the altercation the patient became hypoxic," said Dr. Michael Lekawa, whose expert opinion matches one held by the coroner as well as District Attorney Tony Rackauckas following the autopsy. "There was an inadequate supply of oxygen to [Thomas'] brain."
That medical observation is, of course, apparent to anyone who objectively reviews the surveillance footage and audio recordings of the unnecessary police attack on the night of July 5, 2011 at the Fullerton Transportation Center.More »