Community Outraged After Homeless Man Dies Following Police Altercation

FULLERTON (CBS) — Fullerton residents are outraged after a homeless man died following a physical confrontation with police.

Kelly Thomas’ parents are demanding the release of both a 911 tape and a new surveillance video.

Thomas, 37, suffered from schizophrenia. He died after suffering severe neck and head injuries.

The Orange County District Attorney’s office is waiting on toxicology reports before they decide if criminal charges will be filed. The FBI is also investigating whether officers violated the victim’s civil rights.

In the meantime, the Fullerton Police Department has put five officers on paid administrative leave.

Two surveillance videos released earlier this week show witnesses telling a bus driver that officers used a stun gun to beat Thomas.

Thomas’ family and friends expressed outrage at a meeting last night. Some attendees even called for city officials to resign.

Police say they confronted Thomas while investigating reports of a man burglarizing cars.

An autopsy conducted Tuesday night was inconclusive about his cause of death.


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