By Paul Detrick, Reason TV | Last week, a jury acquitted two Fullerton police officers accused in the beating and death of Kelly Thomas, a homeless man with schizophrenia. That the the jury reached a “not guilty” verdict despite viewing video, audio, and images of the incident shocked many observers and sparked protests in the streets of Fullerton.
Reason magazine and Reason TV have covered developments in the case for years. Check out Reason TV’s original documentary below, “Cops vs. Cameras: The Killing of Kelly Thomas & The Power of New Media,” produced by Paul Detrick and released on September 21, 2011, only months after the beating occurred (approximately 8 minutes):
The original write-up is below, and here is all of Reason‘s past coverage of the Kelly Thomas case.
The autopsy results from the death of Kelly Thomas, a schizophrenic drifter who was allegedy beaten to death by Fullerton, California police will be announced today by Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas. Rackauckas will also announce whether he will file charges against the officers involved in Thomas’ death, following the office’s investigation. The confrontation with police took place at a municipal bus station on …read more