’The only thing we have left of our son is the blood in the gutter, that’s all we have left.’ ~ Ron Thomas, Kelly’s Father
World spotlighting California police state ‘Justice’ Department human rights abuse
A video released Wednesday exemplifying one of the most disturbing reflections of United States human rights abuses, police brutality by allegedly tasering and beating a passive, peaceful, homeless Fullerton, California man to death they claimed was resisting arrest, is stirring worldwide outrage as the story was featured on the Daily Mail’s front page.
“Though the video is not clear, eye witnesses say the homeless man – Kelly Thomas, 37 – was unable to put up any resistance and was lying on the ground on his front when the attack took place on July 5,” reports Daily Mail on Wednesday.
“His screams and cries for his father can be heard amid the tasering noises.”
Thomas was beaten so badly he died in hospital several days later.
His younger sister, Tina Kinser said about her brother, “He was just a free spirit.
“He loved to be under the stars and under God.”
Thomas, a sufferer of schizophrenia in Orange County, California, according to Daily Mail, caught attention of police after someone a burglary was reported. Someone was breaking into cars parked near a Fullerton bus station.
Police refused to issue a statement, saying the incident is being investigated, but said six officers were involved and two ‘suffered broken bones in the fight,’ a statement later retracted.
According a later report, a police sergeant stated on July 20 that officers suffered from broken bones as a result of the Thomas incident—only “soft tissue damage.”
later retracting that and saying only soft tissue was damaged.
According to Daily Mail, the DA’s office reported being unable to comment on details of cases until they are completed.
“Many members of the Fullerton community described Thomas as a passive, peaceful person.”
Mark Turgeon, who caught the police assault on tape, described Thomas as peaceful during his arrest.
He said that the officer kept beating him and tasering him when he wasn’t even moving.
“They kept beating him and Tasering him. I could hear zapping, and he wasn’t even moving,” said Turgeon. “He had one arm in front of him like this, he wasn’t resisting. And they kept telling him, ‘He’s resisting, quit resisting,’ and he wasn’t resisting.”
Some people in Fullerton claimed Thomas was scary and prone to yelling, but the most people described him as a “very quiet and polite” man.
On July 10, it was reported that the coroner’s report has not determined exact cause of death but “an MRI confirmed that he suffered blunt trauma force to the head and from lack of oxygen to the brain, a result of his heart stopping three times on the way to the hospital.”
His family removed him from life support July 10, said his father, Ron Thomas.
A Justice 4 Kelly Thomas group formed Wednesday on Facebook.