Father Of Dead Homeless Man Says Fullerton Offered Him $900K To Settle

FULLERTON  (AP) — The father of a homeless man who died after a fight with Fullerton police says he has been offered $900,000 to settle any civil claims against the city.

Ron Thomas says an attorney representing the city made the offer on Friday, according to a report in the Orange County Register.

Neither city officials nor the attorney could be reached for comment, and the offer could not be confirmed.

The FBI and the Orange County District Attorney are investigating the death of 37-year-old Kelly Thomas, who was schizophrenic. He died several days after he struggled with six officers investigating burglaries on July 5.

Thomas had severe head and neck injuries, and witnesses claim he was struck with a flashlight and shot with a Taser.

The newspaper says more than 200 people turned out Saturday to demonstrate at the Fullerton police station.

Rachel Kim, reporting for KCAL9 and CBS2, was at the vigil and protest.

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