It was two years ago Friday (July 5) that a mentally ill homeless man was involved in a violent confrontation with Fullerton police officers. Kelly Thomas died five days later. Ex-Fullerton police officers Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli since have been charged in connection with Thomas’ death and are set to go to trial on October 18, according to Southern California Public Radio.
Kelly Thomas’ family has organized a community candlelight vigil to take place tonight, July 5, 2013, at 7 pm, at Kelly’s Corner in Fullerton to mark the 2 year anniversary of Kelly Thomas being beaten to death by six Fullerton police officers.
Organizers urge you to “Come out and show your support and show the world that we have not forgiven and we have not forgotten. We are all Kelly Thomas….Join us.”
A homeless and mentally-ill man that has been described as a “gentle soul” – Kelly Thomas, 37 – was unable to put up any resistance and was lying on the ground on his front when a vicious attack took place on July 5, by six Fullerton police officer’s.
His screams and the cries for his father, “Dad!”, “Dad!”, “Dad!”… can be heard amid the tasering noises that a witness caught on tape. Witnesses allegedly also heard the officer’s keep repeating to him to “Stop resisting!”, but they have said that not only was he NOT resisting, for much of the beating he was unconscious.
He was (allegedly) unconscious when an officer bashed in his skull with the butt of his taser gun, and he was (allegedly) unconscious when another officer jump kicked him a number of times and crushed in his throat and nasal cavity.
Please stand with us in solidarity to support the Thomas Family in bringing justice for Kelly against the Fullerton, CA Police Dept. Force like this should NEVER be used…