Feds Asked To Investigate Death Of Homeless Man After Fight With Fullerton Police

FULLERTON (CBS/AP) — An Orange County supervisor is asking for a federal investigation into the death of a homeless man who died after a fight with Fullerton police.

The Orange County Register says Shawn Nelson made the request Thursday in a letter to the Justice Department’s civil rights division. Nelson says he’s been told the FBI already is investigating.

Thirty-seven-year-old Kelly Thomas, who was schizophrenic, died several days after he struggled with six officers on July 5. Police say he became combative after officers investigating reports of a man burglarizing cars in a Metrolink station parking lot tried to search him.

Thomas had severe head and neck injuries, and witnesses claim he was struck with a flashlight and shot with a Taser. An autopsy failed to determine the cause of death pending further tests.

Witnesses or anyone with information about Thomas or the incident can call District Attorney Investigator Stan Berry at (714) 347-8813.

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  1. M says:

    Wow, ANOTHER case of LA cops going too far? Why am I not surprised….

  2. cynthia park says:

    this should be interesting, now lets see if true justice can be done,or is
    justice a one way street?

  3. citizen says:

    The only to get these guys is if the feds go after them

  4. I back the officers says:

    This guy put up a hell of a fight. Hey, things happen when there is a fight. If someone is off their psychotic medications and/or if they are under the influence of certain drugs, they develop super-human strength that will render a taser useless. And if this gentleman was a chronic alcohol drinker, he would be very susceptible to intracranial bleeding. I have seen numerous videos of this incident and the police used minimal force; that which was necessary. I hope the Fullerton PD chiefs backs their officers as well as the Fullerton or Orange County politicians.

    1. Dennis Schmidt says:

      stupid

    2. OC is full of fascist morons says:

      You haven’t seen any more video than we have, so stop lying. Unless you’re in the FPD. OC DA, you haven’t seen anything except the cell phone video that we’ve all seen. The cops won’t release the dash cam video they have because it’s most probably incriminating. The injuries sustained by the victim are not in line with standard LOTAR techniques. This man was beaten to death by a murderous gang using flashlights, fists, feet and batons.

  5. Me says:

    So since he was white everyone is concerned…typical.

    1. get outta here says:

      This is not a race issue, so don’t make it one.

  6. swhitS says:

    Can someone tell me what happened to talking? If you have any thought for human life you can talk anyone (no matter how crazy or violent) to come with you peacefully. A soft and caring voice can do wonders.

    No police (peace) officer can justify this killing. Tasers should be banned.

  7. Peter says:

    It’s the only fair way.
    If the police investigate themselves the outcome will be:
    “The internal investigation revealed that the officers acted within department policy
    and no charges will be filed against the officers,”

  8. REALIST says:

    I HOPE A HOMELESS DERANGED IDIOT BREAKS INTO YOUR CAR, STEALS YOUR PROPERTY, AND ASSAULTS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY WHEN YOU CONFRONT HIM……AND OH YEA, HOPE THE POLICE DONT RESPOND, SINCE OF COURSE, YOU CAN DO A BETTER JOB. MORONS

    1. OC is full of fascist morons says:

      YOU’RE the deranged idiot.

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