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Kelly Thomas, homeless and has a schizophrenic disorder, was savagely beaten by Fullerton police. He died five days later.

Last posted May 10, 2012 at 01:22AM EDT. Added May 09, 2012 at 06:22PM EDT
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The coroner report indicated mechanical compression to the thorax, I.E. suffocation, from the weight of the officers on his back. He suffered severe blunt trauma to the head and face, and it was indicated that he had no intoxicants in his system. This event happened last year, but the surveillance tape was release just recently.

LA news article

Warning video is graphic:

Wikipedia article

I meant to say “days” in front of the “five”.

Last edited May 09, 2012 at 06:24PM EDT
May 09, 2012 at 06:22PM EDT
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Omomon wrote:

So in total he died 6 times?

I meant to say "days’, but I cannot edit it out, can I? It won’t allow me.

May 09, 2012 at 06:27PM EDT
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ShadowOfOsiris wrote:

I meant to say "days’, but I cannot edit it out, can I? It won’t allow me.

I don’t think you can, bro.
Anyways, I have noticed L.A. or the west coast tend to experience these kinds of things time to time.
Didn’t something kind of like this happened that inevitably caused the 1992 riots?

Last edited May 09, 2012 at 06:37PM EDT
May 09, 2012 at 06:37PM EDT
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Ric Tesla wrote:

I don’t think you can, bro.
Anyways, I have noticed L.A. or the west coast tend to experience these kinds of things time to time.
Didn’t something kind of like this happened that inevitably caused the 1992 riots?

Rodney King incident. Ironically I was born during the same year.

May 09, 2012 at 06:40PM EDT
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ShadowOfOsiris wrote:

Rodney King incident. Ironically I was born during the same year.

I wonder how these riots will turn out…. I have a feeling some one will make a excuse out of this to throw another one.

Last edited May 09, 2012 at 06:43PM EDT
May 09, 2012 at 06:43PM EDT
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Ric Tesla wrote:

I wonder how these riots will turn out…. I have a feeling some one will make a excuse out of this to throw another one.

Maybe a riot, who knows? At least people are protesting out in front of the police station. I bet the cops will go off Scott free and with a promotion.

May 09, 2012 at 06:45PM EDT
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Serves him right.

For being disabled.

And unable to feed himself.

And…

Stuff.

May 09, 2012 at 06:52PM EDT
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Police who assault/murder need to face enhanced consequences, and their chiefs should be barred from policework permanently for letting shit like it slide, and serve prison sentences.

Harsh? Maybe. But it is necessary.

May 09, 2012 at 06:58PM EDT
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“Officer Manuel Ramos was charged with one count of second-degree murder and one count of involuntary manslaughter; Corporal Jay Cicinelli was charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter and one count of excessive force.”

Well, at least those two have been punished somewhat. This is such a disgrace though, if you ever think you need to use that much force in a situation like that then you are way to weak and cowardly to be a police officer. I don’t ever see a reason to hit someone pinned to the ground, unarmed. The taser has also become so over-relied on, seriously, two people can wrestle one guy who is not resisting. If you’re a cop, don’t be so afraid of getting hit a little that you need to preemptively use your baton or taser. This is disgusting, none of those cops should still be working.

May 10, 2012 at 12:03AM EDT
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ChipBeat wrote:

“Officer Manuel Ramos was charged with one count of second-degree murder and one count of involuntary manslaughter; Corporal Jay Cicinelli was charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter and one count of excessive force.”

Well, at least those two have been punished somewhat. This is such a disgrace though, if you ever think you need to use that much force in a situation like that then you are way to weak and cowardly to be a police officer. I don’t ever see a reason to hit someone pinned to the ground, unarmed. The taser has also become so over-relied on, seriously, two people can wrestle one guy who is not resisting. If you’re a cop, don’t be so afraid of getting hit a little that you need to preemptively use your baton or taser. This is disgusting, none of those cops should still be working.

They were likely punished at all only because they were identified in the vid.

May 10, 2012 at 01:22AM EDT
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