Category Archives: Kelly Thomas

Tonight’s special council meeting: What’s it really about?

After the city issued an announcement that there would be a special closed session council meeting today at 4:00 pm regarding a personnel matter, rumors have run rampant as to who will be the focus. Matt Leslie at the Fullerton … Continue reading

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Today marks an anniversary that Fullerton isn’t proud of

By Sean Paden | This isn’t an anniversary that anyone enjoys celebrating, but today marks the seven-year anniversary of quite possibly the single most notorious incident in the City of Fullerton’s history. Three officers involved in the beating death of … Continue reading

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Fullerton cops fired over Kelly Thomas’ death are trying to get their jobs back

Actually, it’s doubtful that they really want their jobs back. More likely, they just want a lot of money from the city. As reported in the Orange County Register: Nearly seven years after transient Kelly Thomas was killed in an … Continue reading

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Police misconduct undermines justice and costs taxpayers plenty

By Steven Greenhut | News reports last week suggest the city of Oakland may be ready to settle a civil lawsuit filed by the teenage woman at the heart of a sex-abuse scandal that rocked Oakland’s and other nearby police … Continue reading

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Kelly Thomas case: Feds say no criminal charges against Fullerton cops

By Sean Emery, Orange County Register | Federal prosecutors have decided to not pursue criminal charges against three Fullerton police officers whose violent encounter with Kelly Thomas five years ago resulted in the homeless, mentally ill man’s death. Department of … Continue reading

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Kelly Thomas remembered nearly 4 years after his fatal beating by Fullerton police

Kelly Thomas, who died during a violent arrest in Fullerton four years ago this July, was remembered Sunday. Elsa Ramon of CBS Los Angeles reports:

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The Fullerton Rag’s take on council candidate Larry Bennett

In a post on the Fullerton Rag blog, Matt Leslie provides an excellent analysis of the candidacy of Larry Bennett titled: “Larry Bennett: Revenge of Fullerton’s Recalled.” Here’s an excerpt: “If you liked the Fullerton City Council before the Great … Continue reading

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Why incidents like the Kelly Thomas beating death by Fullerton police won’t go away

The increasing number of suspected police abuse incidents caught on video is becoming a real problem for both our police departments and our society By Barry Levinson | Police Chiefs around this country tell us repeatedly how well-trained the members … Continue reading

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Remembering Kelly Thomas, three years after his fatal run-in with Fullerton police

Kelly Thomas, an unarmed mentally ill homeless man, was savagely beat to a pulp by six Fullerton police officers on July 5, 2011 and was taken off life support a few days later. Despite the fact that ex-cops Manuel Ramos … Continue reading

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July 4th and 5th: A tale of two anniversaries

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Sean Paden delivered the following comments at the June 17th Fullerton City Council meeting during public comments.] By Sean Paden | There are two anniversaries coming up between now and the next City Council meeting on July 15th. … Continue reading

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