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The Murder of Kelly Thomas - Killed by Fullerton Cops

August 4, 2011

Kelly Thomas suffered from mental illness and homelessness until July 5, 2011, when police assaulted and TASERed him for "resisting arrest". 

Shocking: This picture shows the extent of the injuries Thomas received after being beaten up by six police officers in Fullerton, California.

Eye witnesses at the scene claim the six officers tasered him five times and beat him beyond recognition, which the disturbing photo of him in hospital shows.

Mark Turgeon, who was there, said: 'They kept beating him and tasering him. I could hear zapping, and he wasn't even moving.  '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.'

Ron Thomas, father of Kelly Thomas, is a former deputy sheriff.

Speaking about his son's death, Thomas's dad, Ron Thomas, a former sheriff's deputy, said: 'His death was gang-involved, the way I see it. A gang of rogue officers who brutally beat my son to death.'

He said he now feels ashamed for having ever been a law enforcement officer.  He has been in the area his son was attacked handing out flyers and asking people for help.

He said: 'The only thing we have left of our son is the blood in the gutter, that's all we have left.'

Source:  "Caught on tape: Police beat and taser 'gentle' mentally-ill homeless man to death", 29 July 2011, Daily Mail (UK)

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